It was bad enough when three men in her section decided to skip out on a $96 bill, but it got a whole lot worse for waitress Suzanne Parratt when she was subsequently fired from her job for refusing to cover the unpaid tab.
Then came last Tuesday's dine-and-dash during the evening hours of a hectic double shift.
She tried to explain the situation to her manager, Eugene Wilson, but says she was immediately slapped with a threat: Either she covers the check or her coworkers will.
"I believe he said this because it was relayed to him that I was not intending to pay the tab, and he wanted to guilt me into it or he'd make my coworkers pay for it," she is quoted as saying.
Though she didn't find the culprits, she did come away with lots of great advice on what she should do next.
Like file a complaint with the Division of Labor Standards, which she did.
"Your employer cannot make any deductions or require payment out of pocket for any losses or damages," The DOLS said in response — a fact which surprised Parratt.
"It was repeatedly drilled into our minds that if a customer were to ever dash on a check, that the server is responsible for the tab," she told Gothamist, noting that this practice was "not uncommon in the restaurant industry."
Though she provided the site with a paystub to prove her employment at Pig N Whistle, Wilson told Gothamist he wasn't sure someone named Suzanne had worked at the restaurant, and denied firing anyone recently.
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