Las Vegas bartender says he was forced to repay employer after robbery

  

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Via:  hal-a-lujah  •  3 weeks ago  •  5 comments

By:   Glenn Puit

Las Vegas bartender says he was forced to repay employer after robbery
Las Vegas police ultimately arrested a Las Vegas couple, Jack McLaughlin, 42, and Daniela Tito, 38, in a string of bar robberies in the valley, including the one at the Lodge.

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A Las Vegas bartender’s account of being forced to reimburse his employer for thousands of dollars stolen during a 2020 robbery at the tavern where he worked has sparked outrage on social media.

Edward Parker, 42, said he was working at the Lodge at Hualapai, 3460 S. Hualapai Way, at 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 4 when a stranger entered.

“A gentleman entered the bar, pointed a gun at me, robbed my bar,” Parker would later tell the Clark County grand jury that indicted a Las Vegas couple in the heist. The crime was caught on surveillance video.

Parker took to the Vegas Bartenders & Servers Facebook page, saying he was leaving Las Vegas and that he wanted to inform other bartenders and servers of what happened to him after the robbery.

He wrote in the post that ownership and management at the bar demanded that he reimburse them for the financial loss.

“I was then given the choice to pay back the money that was stolen to keep my job or get fired (TRUE STORY),” Parker wrote.

Parker posted a picture of a Lodge repayment form that gave him one of two options: a chance to repay the $3,937.35 in one lump sum or through $300 installments.

“I’m ashamed to say that I was terrified of losing a great paying job during a chaotic time in America and chose to pay the money back and stay employed,” Parker wrote in the post. “I will regret that choice for years to come.”

Parker, reached this week by phone, declined a request for an interview. He said only that everything he wrote in the post was “100 percent accurate.”

A phone call Wednesday morning to the Lodge at Hualapai was referred to the Lodge’s corporate office. Two messages specifically seeking comment f0r this story were left at that office Wednesday and Thursday. The messages were not returned.

But Parker’s narrative, which was shared Monday by the popular Vital Vegas Twitter account, prompted people on social media to question whether the repayment agreement was legal or proper.

Two Las Vegas attorneys reviewed Parker’s Facebook post on Thursday for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Both said that such a repayment agreement was not enforceable.

“To me, the threat of losing one’s job if they don’t pay this money that was taken from a robbery is a violation of public policy and could very well result in a wrongful termination claim against the Bar,” attorney Robert Murdock wrote in an email to the newspaper.

Attorney Joseph Mott said the account, if true, represented “a clear example of an employer improperly taking advantage of its employee.”

Aside from the absurdity of forcing an employee who was a victim of armed robbery to repay stolen money or be fired, the employer’s

conduct likely also violated Nevada regulations designed to protect employees,” Mott wrote. “Within the relevant regulation, an employer may only deduct from an employee’s wages amounts that the employer reasonably believes the employee was responsible for. In this case, the employee doesn’t appear to be responsible for the loss, so forcing the employee to repay the loss from his wages is a violation of the Code.”

Las Vegas police ultimately arrested a Las Vegas couple , Jack McLaughlin, 42, and Daniela Tito, 38, in a string of bar robberies in the valley, including the one at the Lodge. They were indicted on charges of robbery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery, burglary with a firearm and other charges.


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Hal A. Lujah
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1  seeder  Hal A. Lujah    3 weeks ago

That’s fucked up.  Watch them fire him now for complaining that he is the one who actually got robbed.

 
 
 
zuksam
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2  zuksam    3 weeks ago

I knew a guy long ago that this happened to but there was a good reason and given the 3.937.35 total taken in this robbery the reason may be the same here. The guy I knew was robbed of over a grand but according to store policy he had failed to make three safe drops and never should have had that much cash in the register. So in this day and age with most people paying with credit or debit cards having 3.937.35 in the till is a lot, don't they have a safe, did he fail to make drops ?

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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2.1  seeder  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  zuksam @2    3 weeks ago

Good point, but I would think it’s not the case since this guy is bringing enough bad press to the owner to get himself fired.  Seems a little risky to me if you like your job so much that you would agree to cover the lost money.  I’m guessing he’s pissed that someone has been arrested for the crime yet the owner isn’t filing an insurance claim and just letting him be the victim.

 
 
 
zuksam
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2.1.1  zuksam  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2.1    3 weeks ago

I think he already quit because the article says he wrote the post "saying he was leaving Las Vegas and that he wanted to inform other bartenders and servers of what happened to him after the robbery". Also if store policy is every time you hit 600 you're supposed to drop 300 and you get robbed with 2000 in the register you'll never be able to convince the cops you weren't in on the robbery, they've seen this shit before. They may not be able to prove it but they will believe it.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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2.1.2  seeder  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  zuksam @2.1.1    3 weeks ago

True.  I suppose there could be extenuating circumstances though, like other employees not showing up for work and he was too slammed to keep up with the drops.  I’ve never worked retail or restaurant so I’m probably not a good judge, but it still seems weird to make your staff pay for being robbed.  My daughter quit a job at Applebee’s once because they took a dine and dash bill out of her tips, which is pathetic.

 
 
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