Florida man arrested by impatient cop as credit card verification stalls at nightclub
A Florida man was jailed earlier this month after a police officer became impatient with his attempts to pay for drinks with a credit card.
Don Marcani said he and a friend went Oct. 3 to Cyn Nightclub in Fort Lauderdale, where they paid for drinks at the bar with their credit cards.
The men then decided to visit the club’s VIP section, reported WTVJ-TV.
Marcani said a club employee took his credit card and ID and brought out a bottle of liquor, but he said she returned and reported his credit card had been declined.
“That’s impossible,” Marcani told the waitress.
He then gave her another credit card to pay for the $600 tab in the VIP section, the station reported — but that, too, was declined.
Marcani tried again to use the card he’d previously used to pay for an $80 bar tab at the club, but it was declined again — and a police officer was called.
“The club manager called my bank and gave me the phone to talk to the bank and that’s when the cop interfered and I think he said, ‘I’m tired of this sh*t,” Marcani said.
Marcani asked the officer to escort him and his friend to the nearest ATM so he could withdraw cash to pay the club, but he was instead handcuffed and arrested on grand theft charges shortly after the officer arrived.
The officer took his smart phone, which prevented Marcani from seeing an email from his bank that arrived eight minutes later asking him to authorize the $600 charge.
Marcani used the same credit card the following morning to pay bond of more than $1,000 for his release from the Broward County Jail.
“It wasn’t accepted at the nightclub, but I used that credit card to get out of jail,” Marcani said.
Fort Lauderdale police declined to comment on the case because it was still pending, but Marcani’s attorney said it should be a wakeup call.
“I think we are all used to getting those emails from credit card companies saying, ‘Hey, did you authorize this charge?” said attorney David Edelstein. “Now we have to worry about getting arrested for using our own credit card.”
Watch this video report posted online by WTVJ-TV: