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Restaurant Gift Card

joee | Jan 12, 2015 10:08 AM

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.

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