Yesterday we went to a restaurant to order takeout. When we presented a gift card that we had been given, the owner said that it was issued by a previous owner and that he does not honor them.
A call this morning to the California Department of Consumer Affairs got a non-specific answer. We were pointed to California civil code 1749.45-1749.6.
There it does not specifically cover the case where a business is sold.
The gift card shows no expiration date. That's one way for a merchant to get out of it, if I read the state website correctly. But that does not apply here.
The name of the restaurant remained the same, if that's important. It's a single restaurant, not a chain.
Was it legal to reject our gift card?
This is a Thai restaurant that we have been to numerous times in the past, but we have never used a gift card before.
The food is decent, the people have been nice. Now I'm wondering just when it was sold.