“I can’t believe how slow a news days it is when they’re bringing camera crews out here,” says the owner of Chuck’s Place in tiny (population 3,192) Thiensville, Wisconsin.
Ted Hagen says his phone hasn’t stopped ringing since a local news site first reported that he banned a 350-pound customer known by Chuck’s employees as “Big Bill” for exploiting the all-you-can-eat fish fry. (Everyone from NPR to Gawker has covered the kerfuffle.)
“We’ve been nice to him over the years,” Hagen says of former customer Bill Wisth. “We’re just sick of his silly antics.” (Wisth claims he’ll be picketing the restaurant every weekend because it won’t let him eat as much fish as he wants. The restaurant says he ate at least 20 pieces of fish and was sharing the food with a friend on the night he was booted.)
“I’ve gotten 60 to 70 [media] calls from 12 states,” says Hagen. “Even TMZ called. A radio station in Toronto said they’d give me $200 if I’d let him back in and they could film him eating the fish.
“I said, I don’t think so.”