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I recently surfed the web and found this !! Now as a lawabiding citizen I like to know if they can (and they do this since years!!) not issuing paychecks, make employees pay money for the wine every night and also pay a housecharge (??) ...This is basically a sweatshop were the owner just thinks people work for free ..Is this possible ??http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/com/2502582179.html OPEN LETTER TO FELLINI CAFE / CRIMINALS (ARDMORE)Date: 2011-07-19, 3:31PM EDTDEAR FRANCO RAIMONDO & PINO D'ALTO :

PLEASE STOP STEALING OUR HARDEARNED MONEY , WE DESERVE EVERY PENNY !! YOU WILL PROVIDE FREE COMPLIMENTARY WINE FOR THE CUSTOMERS BUT YOU CHARGE ALL YOUR EMPLOYEES IN RETURN !! THIS IS AN ILLEGAL ACT AND A SERIOUS VIOLATION.

PLEASE PAY YOUR EMPLOYEES ,YOU DO NOT ISSUE ANY PAYCHECKS FOR THE EMPLOYEES !!!ANOTHER ILLEGAL ACT !!

PLEASE STOP PREACHING TO YOUR EMPLOYEES THAT MONEY IS NOT EVERYTHING !!
INDEED MONEY IS "EVERYTHING"!!

SO CALL THEM AND LET THEM KNOW IT THAT THEY ARE VIOLATING ALL THE EMPLOYEES RIGHTS !!

(610) 642 9009

IF THERE IS ANY LAWFIRM WHICH IS INTERESTED IN DEFENDING US PLEASE CONTACT US !!

http://local.yahoo.com/info-12178209-fellini-cafe-ardmore Sorry Pino & Franco this is 2011 , sweatshops don't exist anymore ..http://www.ripoffreport.com/restaurants/fellini-cafe-ardmore/fellini-cafe-ardmore-pa-ste-6bf5f.htm# http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/com/2502582179.html

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So they're still deploying this scam against their waitstaff?  Incredible.

http://www.saveardmorecoalition.org/node/3216/fellini-cafe

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I pulled it up on Craig's List (this is only a partial screen shot - there are photos too) :
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How is charging employees for wine served to customers even legal?  If someone wants to report this to the PC LCB, here's the info from their website:

TO REPORT LIQUOR LAW VIOLATIONS: 
PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE - BUREAU OF LIQUOR CONTROL ENFORCEMENT 
TOLL-FREE HOT LINE 
24 HOURS A DAY 
800-932-0602

 

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Yes, in practice and effect they seem to be selling wine to their wait staff. Do they have a  license for that?

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I pulled this out of the link provided by Hugh Gordon.

 

here is why I don't even bother to involve the cop's, this is the response of the state police when asking about this particular issue :

Your email was routed to me for issuance of a complaint against the premises where you are employed. As I understand the situation, the "Café" provides complimentary alcoholic beverages to customers free of charge, but the employees of the "café" are required to pay to the employer a fee of $10.00 every day for the cost of the alcoholic beverages they serve.
First, there can be no additional cost to the customer for the alcoholic beverage(Drunk provided. In other words, a meal served with a glass of water and the same meal served with a glass of wine must cost the same to the customer. An additional charge to the customer for being served alcoholic beverages would constitute sales of alcohol without a license, and this would be illegal.

I know of no law in the PA Liquor Code, or in the PLCB Rules and Regulations, that prohibit an employer from charging a fee to waiters/servers to work there. If the waiter/server is required to "purchase: the alcoholic beverage being served in order to then provide it to their customer, I would consider that it may be illegal sales of liquor. But if the employer is charging the $10.00 to each server/waiter whether they serve alcoholic beverages or not, then I would consider that to be a charge to the employer for the privilege of working in that particular establishment. There may be labor laws prohibiting that charge by the employer, but I wouldn’t know about them. I could only suggest you contact the PA Labor Board and inquire to them if this is illegal or not.

Please respond to this email with more specific information as to whether the servers are being required to purchase this alcohol, or if there is any additional charge to the customers for the service of alcoholic beverages. Keep in mind that the employer can legally charge what is referred to as a corkage fee for serving the alcoholic beverages to the customer if the alcoholic beverages were brought to the Café by the customer.

Paul Smith

Enforcement Officer Supervisor Pa State Police

Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement

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Interesting , so that means if i ever open my own restaurant I can buy some cheap booze and make a hell of profit out of the liquor while charging them back to my employees (hopefully about twenty ..)..I hope they will never ever privatize the PLCB...

THANKS STATE POLICE !!

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Just out of curiousity Lawabidingcitizen, are you the one who posted this listing on Craig's List?  And read what Kokomo Joe wrote - apparently you have other options i.e. the Dept. of Labor.  Have you contacted them?  Have you contacted say an investigative reporting team from any of the local TV stations?  The thing is this, you can post your opinion here or on other blogs, but unless you go to agencies or say investigative reporters you might not find the resolution you are seeking.

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I VERY confused .... so if I go to Fellini's (not gonna happen, BUT ...) and I am "given" a glass of wine by the server I will not be charged for the wine because they are a BYOB (right?) and the owner wants me to think "it is on the house" but in reality he is charging the staff $10.00 per day to cover his generosity ?  How is that reflected on the paycheck ?  Do they get paychecks ?  Something seems a bit off.  Does he take the $10.00 from the tips ?  Perhaps he thinks servers are getting larger tips because of the generous glass of wine and he deserves at least $10.00 (guess it covers the cost of the wine and then some, huh?).  You really have to have proof/documentation to file a complaint with the Labor Board.  If folks are being paid under the table filing a complaint might be more trouble than it is worth !  There are some really great places to eat (and work) in Ardmore ... lots of options !  Prob. what the CraigsList poster is going for .... can't really file a complaint but can make consumers aware ...

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why aren't there people picketing in front of Fellini's cafe to protest the treatment of these workers?  This seems like a truly unfair labor practice.  If PLCB won't take up this matter (or if they are being influenced to look the other way) then take your issues to the street.  You may have to make some sacrificies and risk retribution by your employer in order to bring this practice to a stop.  But you'll attract attention of the main stream media and perhaps it will be harder for PLCB to ignore what is going on.

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Actually, I would suggest doing a protest against Fellini Cafe in Ardmore across the street.  It's always good to keep a natural barrier between yourself and the target of the protest. Also, I would suggest a heads up to businesses on the other side of the street as a courtesy, and not to block their doors.

One thing that does make it a bit more difficult to protest is that nobody has yet to come forward under their own name and state on the record that this happened, when it happened, who else was involved, etc.  I can understand the poster's desire to remain anonymous because of fear of retribution, but it makes processing (and verifying) the complaint very difficult.

tl;dr Until somebody is willing to stand up and say, "I was there, and this is what happened", I don't see any escalation/protests/etc. happening.

 

 

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