Harvard Professor Apologizes For Threatening To Sue Restaurant


This post has been updated.

The Harvard Business School professor who threatened to sue a Chinese restaurant for overcharging him apologized on Wednesday.

Ben Edelman was charged $4 more than the online menu for the Sichuan Garden in Brookline advertised. After contacting the restaurant, which explained that the online menu was outdated, Edelman cited Massachusetts statute and threatened a lawsuit.

The email exchange between Edelman and Sichuan Garden employee Ran Duan was first published on Boston.com and then covered widely.

Edelman penned an apology on his personal website for his lengthy emails demanding a triple refund for the overcharge.

“Having reflected on my interaction with Ran, including what I said and how I said it, it’s clear that I was very much out of line. I aspire to act with great respect and humility in dealing with others, no matter what the situation. Clearly I failed to do so. I am sorry, and I intend to do better in the future,” he said. “I have reached out to Ran and will apologize to him personally as well.”

This post originally misidentified Harvard professor Ben Edelman as Sam Edelman.

H/t Washington Post