Canadian comedian Howie Mandel, host of the popular TV show "Deal with It", may now have to deal with the aftermath of a prank gone too far. The show itself is a take on the old "Candid Camera" show of the 1950s and 1960s and deals with engaging ordinary people or paid actors to "punk" others and gauge their response. In the case of a newly filed lawsuit naming Mandel, executives from the show's production company, and the TBS network as defendants, the prank left extensive damage to a restaurant.
This past October, Mandel's crew hired an actress to show up at the Los Angeles restaurant known as "Cowboys and Turbans". The actress was instructed to go mental which she did. However, after the fun and games was over, the venue suffered damages to a Yamaha piano, Moroccan tiles, and other items to the tune of $103,408. The owner simply wants to have the restaurant restored to its pre-"Deal with It" condition which is a reasonable request.
It is interesting that the lawsuit was only recently filed. It may indicate a reluctance on the part of Mandel, the production company, and TBS to take responsibility for the damage clearly done by their show as captured on film.
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