They want to leave him holding the bag
The New Jersey country club that was sued by a patron after a waiter dumped red wine on her $30,000 Hermes handbag is turning on the butter-fingered staffer — who they claim in new legal papers is liable for the flub.
Alpine Country Club member Maryana Beyder sued the establishment in October, following repeated out-of-court efforts to get the club to correct the issue, which she says left her discontinued pink Hermes Kelly bag ruined beyond repair.
The club ignored her repeated complaints, and last week in new court filings placed blame squarely on the anonymous waiter, who has been identified in court papers only as John Doe.
Beyder’s attorney Alexandra Errico says she and her client are appalled the country club is throwing their own employee under the bus — and said they never meant for the liability to fall to him.
“It has absolutely nothing to do with the waiter, we were not trying to collect any money from the waiter,” said Errico. “There was never any intention of my client to go after this person at all. The only intention was to have the employer take responsibility.”
Errico says they were going after the “very, very, very rich country club,” and were merely forced to include the server in the lawsuit because of his role in the incident.
“We were forced to include him, but they didn’t have to,” the lawyer said. “They did not have to sue their own employee.”
An attorney for the club did not immediately respond to a request for comment.