‘I cannot afford groceries,’ Employees struggle to cash their paychecks

Published: Jul. 13, 2022 at 10:55 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2022 at 7:57 AM CDT
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TRUMANN, Ark. (KAIT) - Employees of a Trumann restaurant are asking questions about their paychecks but say they aren’t receiving any answers or any money.

Employees are going to gas stations to cash their checks. But they say the gas stations are calling them, demanding to be paid, because the checks are bouncing.

“Paywise, I can’t cash my check anywhere. It takes weeks to try and cash it,” said Angela Martinez, a former employee of Al’s Bar-B-Q. “It is hard to get anyone to cash it. We go to Jonesboro gas stations and cash them. And, now, they won’t even do that.”

Martinez said she has three paychecks that she cannot cash.

She said that Walmart will not let her return anything because she was given a hot check to cash by the owners of Al’s Bar-B-Q.

We reached out to the restaurant’s owner, Daniel Flanery, who said the problems have been fixed.

Brooke Fojt is another disgruntled employee unable to cash her checks. She said not only can she not cash her checks but said the owners would pocket their tips.

“He has two tip jars: one dine-in and one in the drive-thru, and when customers put tips in there it would be for us, and to split between us,” Fojt said. “Not once have I seen tips come out of them.”

“If I am working hard, then why can’t I get paid,” asked Martinez. “Why are you getting to sit home and collect all the money?”

A spokesperson with the Trumann Police Department said they are aware of the situation and are currently investigating.

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