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(Houston Press)   25 employees protest outside chef's restaurant demanding $15,000 owed in back wages, chef sends out two pizzas as compensation   (blogs.houstonpress.com) divider line 133
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2013-02-13 01:11:49 PM
Seems the demonstration was misguided and pointed at the wrong person...
Shouldn't they be pissed at the owner of the original restaurant?
 
2013-02-13 01:30:05 PM

Dixon Cider: Seems the demonstration was misguided and pointed at the wrong person...
Shouldn't they be pissed at the owner of the original restaurant?



Sounds like they are. He's just now a chef at a different restaurant rather than an enterprise of his own. They're making his new job difficult until he pays what he (allegedly) owes them.
 
2013-02-13 01:31:43 PM

Sybarite: Dixon Cider: Seems the demonstration was misguided and pointed at the wrong person...
Shouldn't they be pissed at the owner of the original restaurant?


Sounds like they are. He's just now a chef at a different restaurant rather than an enterprise of his own. They're making his new job difficult until he pays what he (allegedly) owes them.


exactly.  TFA also states that the guy doesn't question the fact that he woes them money - he simply has never paid it.
 
2013-02-13 01:34:02 PM

Dixon Cider: Shouldn't they be pissed at the owner of the original restaurant?


Uh....The protesters were mostly waiters themselves, along with other kitchen workers who say that Molzan still owes them back wages from his now-closed restaurant, Ruggles Grill.
 
2013-02-13 01:34:20 PM
Why is he not charged with theft of services?
 
2013-02-13 01:38:11 PM

TommyymmoT: Why is he not charged with theft of services?


Because it's not?
 
2013-02-13 01:38:58 PM

Dixon Cider: Seems the demonstration was misguided and pointed at the wrong person...
Shouldn't they be pissed at the owner of the original restaurant?


Kinda.

When the wife and I moved to Mass, we discovered that my last check from Bar Harbor had bounced. Included my bonus for the season and two 65 hour weeks since the KM was fired before the end of the season for fooling around with one of the slightly underage waitresses.

Made some calls, and lo the office number was disconnected. Made a call to his accountant and that was disconnected. Made a few more calls, and all the staff had their last checks bounce. Tried his home, and that was disconnected. Called the bank, and they said they couldn't help. Called the police and got in touch with a detective who was investigating the fella because EVERY check he'd written, including his car registration had bounced that last week.

Then I remembered that Gary and my wife's boss had mentioned that they were going to catch up on Pebble Beach to play golf. Called the detective, and a few days later the SCHP picked him up for driving an unregistered vehicle, and were getting ready to ship him back to Maine for fraud. The next day Gary called me up to apologize for a big "misunderstanding." Got my $3K by wire the next day, and by that time I'd made sure that all the staff who got stuffed, and the distributors had his number.

F*ck with cooks' cash at your own peril...
 
2013-02-13 01:39:35 PM
not enough dough
 
2013-02-13 01:49:55 PM
The loss of Felix was worse than the loss of Ruggles IMO.
 
2013-02-13 02:04:03 PM
I was wondering if he had his hands tied because the business went bankrupt, or something like that.

So I looked it up.

Nope, he's just an asshole.
 
2013-02-13 02:12:58 PM
Asinine?

Where hero tag WHUR?!?
 
2013-02-13 02:13:17 PM
Seems like there's more to the story.  If the other restaurant went out-of-business, then the old business would be responsible for paying the waitstaff after the other creditors.
 
2013-02-13 02:26:05 PM

Krieghund: Nope, he's just an asshole.


Agreed.

However putting another person's company in danger isn't the answer. You're risking all those jobs and money for the fault of someone else! Yeah you could get him fired, however he would use that as an excuse not to pay.

Go protest at his house.
 
2013-02-13 02:40:16 PM

kronicfeld: Dixon Cider: Shouldn't they be pissed at the owner of the original restaurant?

Uh....The protesters were mostly waiters themselves, along with other kitchen workers who say that Molzan still owes them back wages from his now-closed restaurant, Ruggles Grill.


"But Molzan is not an owner at Corner Table. That would be Darla Lexington, longtime companion to famous Texas lawyer <a data-cke-saved-href="http://texaslawyer.typepad.com/texas_lawyer_blog/ 2012/01/darla-lexingt on-settles-dispute-with-john-oquinn-estate-foundation.html">John O'Quinn, who died in a car accident in 2009."


Uh... what?
 
2013-02-13 02:45:09 PM
I am not sure how it is somewhere else, but in Illinois, as a business owner, if I didn't pay someone their wages I would be in jail. 1099 contractors are different. But w-2 employees can't be skipped. No matter what.
 
2013-02-13 02:45:15 PM

Dixon Cider: Uh... what?


See if you can follow.

Corner Table is the new restaurant where Molzan works. The protesters were unpaid when they worked for Ruffles, which was the prior restaurant that Molzan owned. So they are pissed at the owner (Molzan) of the original restaurant (Ruffles) and are protesting him - Molzan - at the restaurant where he is now employed.
 
2013-02-13 02:47:51 PM

TommyymmoT: Why is he not charged with theft of services?


Because hes one of the holy "job creators"? He can do no wrong.

Now if the employees had stolen $15k from their boss, they'd probably be doing jail time by now.
 
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2013-02-13 02:49:41 PM

kronicfeld: Dixon Cider: Shouldn't they be pissed at the owner of the original restaurant?

Uh....The protesters were mostly waiters themselves, along with other kitchen workers who say that Molzan still owes them back wages from his now-closed restaurant, Ruggles Grill.


So how much should they be tipped for the protest?
 
2013-02-13 02:49:50 PM
Would not waiting quietly and out-of-sight at the place of business until Mr. Molzan left the building, then beating him severely, cutting off a finger and warning that more parts would be removed for every day that workers remained unpaid, work more effectively?
 
2013-02-13 02:51:21 PM
World's over populated. Just set him on fire and be done with it.
 
2013-02-13 02:52:16 PM

HyperX: I am not sure how it is somewhere else, but in Illinois, as a business owner, if I didn't pay someone their wages I would be in jail. 1099 contractors are different. But w-2 employees can't be skipped. No matter what.


I guess the question I have is if the business went bankrupt, wouldn't wages be the first thing to get paid or are they at the back of the line?
 
2013-02-13 02:52:37 PM
That's my answer for everything.
 
2013-02-13 02:53:06 PM

Dimensio: Would not waiting quietly and out-of-sight at the place of business until Mr. Molzan left the building, then beating him severely, cutting off a finger and warning that more parts would be removed for every day that workers remained unpaid, work more effectively?


I was gonna say take one or both of his hands, so I'd call your proposal damn reasonable.
 
2013-02-13 02:54:47 PM
This is what happens if you take a job at a place with a dumb name....
 
2013-02-13 02:56:34 PM
It's called "making a counter-offer".
 
2013-02-13 02:56:36 PM
Who cares? Servers are sub-human peons! Get a better job, morans!
 
2013-02-13 02:56:45 PM
Vote GOP and stick it to these mooching freeloaders who are harassing a True Patriot Job Creator.
 
2013-02-13 02:56:59 PM
FTA: "Corner Table's managers and valets scurried outside amid chants of "Ruggles workers are still in the struggle!""

They need someone to come up with a better slogan than that. The rhythm of the sentence takes away from the impact of the rhyme. And perhaps they shouldn't even use "struggle" because the "s" in Ruggles makes the whole thing a little awkward-sounding. The chant is supposed to sound catchy so people will remember it.
 
2013-02-13 02:57:57 PM
What's this world coming to when workers demand to be paid for their labor? We should make this the next big fight for the GOP
 
2013-02-13 02:58:01 PM

kronicfeld: Dixon Cider: Uh... what?

See if you can follow.

Corner Table is the new restaurant where Molzan works. The protesters were unpaid when they worked for Ruffles, which was the prior restaurant that Molzan owned. So they are pissed at the owner (Molzan) of the original restaurant (Ruffles) and are protesting him - Molzan - at the restaurant where he is now employed.


Gotcha.. got the streams crossed!

..!., none the less!
 
2013-02-13 02:58:42 PM
I am ashamed, 28 posts and has yet to turn into a delicious pizza snob thread.

/so very hungry.
 
2013-02-13 02:59:21 PM

kronicfeld: TommyymmoT: Why is he not charged with theft of services?

Because it's not?


Employment law varies by state, but most likely the only chance they have is a class action law suit.  Unfortunately if the owner filed bankruptcy (or oodles of other loopholes) he can get financially off the hook for back wages.  It is actually quite a common exploitation of the laws that protect businesses.
 
2013-02-13 03:00:39 PM
The price makes sense when you realize he paid in BTCs.
 
2013-02-13 03:01:53 PM

HyperX: I am not sure how it is somewhere else, but in Illinois, as a business owner, if I didn't pay someone their wages I would be in jail. 1099 contractors are different. But w-2 employees can't be skipped. No matter what.


You wouldn't be in jail but you could be sued by said employee.

/the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act is yet another reason not to do business in Illinois
 
2013-02-13 03:01:59 PM
No justice no peace. Did Al Sharpton move to Houston?
 
2013-02-13 03:02:55 PM

slayer199: HyperX: I am not sure how it is somewhere else, but in Illinois, as a business owner, if I didn't pay someone their wages I would be in jail. 1099 contractors are different. But w-2 employees can't be skipped. No matter what.

I guess the question I have is if the business went bankrupt, wouldn't wages be the first thing to get paid or are they at the back of the line?


in most states, wages are at the front of the line even to the point that the business owners could be personally liable for them if there is no other money available.
 
2013-02-13 03:02:55 PM

Random Anonymous Blackmail: I am ashamed, 28 posts and has yet to turn into a delicious pizza snob thread.

/so very hungry.


Here ya go
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2013-02-13 03:05:15 PM
Restaurants fail and do so frequently.  Assuming the workers got whatever they could when Ruggles was shut down and its assets sold off, it sucks, but protesting the place the former owner is working is just shaking the guy down.
 
2013-02-13 03:05:57 PM

Random Anonymous Blackmail: I am ashamed, 28 posts and has yet to turn into a delicious pizza snob thread.

/so very hungry.


I'll just leave this delicious Mamma Cozzi here:

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2013-02-13 03:06:59 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: in most states, wages are at the front of the line even to the point that the business owners could be personally liable for them if there is no other money available.


To further extrapolate....shouldn't the prior business be held liable or the chef (former owner) be held liable in court.  Seems like protesting is not going to solve anything when this should be a legal issue.
 
2013-02-13 03:07:32 PM

Fark Rye For Many Whores: Random Anonymous Blackmail: I am ashamed, 28 posts and has yet to turn into a delicious pizza snob thread.

/so very hungry.

Here ya go
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Ohh, you get all classy with your DiGiorno.
 
2013-02-13 03:07:32 PM

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You... sick... BASTARD!
 
2013-02-13 03:11:45 PM

hubiestubert: Dixon Cider: Seems the demonstration was misguided and pointed at the wrong person...
Shouldn't they be pissed at the owner of the original restaurant?

Kinda.

When the wife and I moved to Mass, we discovered that my last check from Bar Harbor had bounced. Included my bonus for the season and two 65 hour weeks since the KM was fired before the end of the season for fooling around with one of the slightly underage waitresses.

Made some calls, and lo the office number was disconnected. Made a call to his accountant and that was disconnected. Made a few more calls, and all the staff had their last checks bounce. Tried his home, and that was disconnected. Called the bank, and they said they couldn't help. Called the police and got in touch with a detective who was investigating the fella because EVERY check he'd written, including his car registration had bounced that last week.

Then I remembered that Gary and my wife's boss had mentioned that they were going to catch up on Pebble Beach to play golf. Called the detective, and a few days later the SCHP picked him up for driving an unregistered vehicle, and were getting ready to ship him back to Maine for fraud. The next day Gary called me up to apologize for a big "misunderstanding." Got my $3K by wire the next day, and by that time I'd made sure that all the staff who got stuffed, and the distributors had his number.

F*ck with cooks' cash at your own peril...


You're lucky you got your money.... my son was a sous at a place in downtown San Diego called Bondi. Everyone showed up for work one day, the place was locked up and all of their paychecks bounced. The owners all skipped town back to Australia. To make matters worse, they also hadn't been paying payroll taxes they had been deducting so the unemployment office had no record of him working for the preceding 18 months - no unemployment benefits.
 
2013-02-13 03:12:15 PM

Fark Rye For Many Whores: Random Anonymous Blackmail: I am ashamed, 28 posts and has yet to turn into a delicious pizza snob thread.

/so very hungry.

Here ya go
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That is a thing?
 
2013-02-13 03:12:42 PM
Seems like if your boss owed you $14-15K you would have stopped working somewhere around when he only owed you a week's pay.
 
2013-02-13 03:13:56 PM

gingerjet: HyperX: I am not sure how it is somewhere else, but in Illinois, as a business owner, if I didn't pay someone their wages I would be in jail. 1099 contractors are different. But w-2 employees can't be skipped. No matter what.

You wouldn't be in jail but you could be sued by said employee.

/the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act is yet another reason not to do business in Illinois


"The IWPCA requires employers to pay their employees within a specific number of days after compensation is earned. For employees who have quit or been terminated, the act also requires employers to pay final compensation at the time of separation (if possible) but no later than the next regularly scheduled payday. Finally, the IWPCA prohibits employers from withholding any amount unless an employee has authorized the withholding in writing. The only exceptions are sums owed pursuant to a valid wage assignment or wage deduction order, as well as insurance and pension payments. "

Yeah, that sounds like some pretty outrageous stuff there.
 
2013-02-13 03:14:50 PM
What the protesters did not know is that there was $250,000 in cash baked into the pizzas. They received their money, then they voluntarily gave it back to their boss showing a strong sign of their loyalty.

They better go home now, I guess.
 
2013-02-13 03:16:02 PM
I hope the patrons at Corner Table like their dinner with extra, EXTRA spit.

Stealing from poor cooks and servers is just so...Texas.
 
2013-02-13 03:16:15 PM

Mirrorz: Seems like if your boss owed you $14-15K you would have stopped working somewhere around when he only owed you a week's pay.


Its seems as if you did not read the article. The old boss owes $14-15K in total to the employees, not each. It probably accounts for the last pay checks these folks were due before they business shuttered.
 
2013-02-13 03:17:30 PM

ha-ha-guy: Restaurants fail and do so frequently.  Assuming the workers got whatever they could when Ruggles was shut down and its assets sold off, it sucks, but protesting the place the former owner is working is just shaking the guy down.


And how many tip threads have we had? Remember you have to tip and tip well because they "live" off tips.

Maybe they get paid better than we think if they are willing to protest outside the restaurant
 
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