WINTER PARK, Fla. (WUSA 9) -- How shocked would you be if you and your co-workers were fired from your job via text message? This is exactly what happened to staff members of Barducci's Italian Bistro, in Winter Park, Fla.
WFTV, a local Florida station reported that Jodi Jackson, a chef who worked for the Florida restaurant was out of a job after a text message from the owner, Gregory Kennedy.
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Jackson told WFTV, "I think it's immoral. I think it's cowardice." The text message sent to the staffer on July 4 read, "I unfortunately need to inform you that I have been forced to close Barducci's effective immediately."
At least 12 other employees received the same message, according to the cook. The surprise firing on the Fourth of July gave no notice, the employee said. The restaurant is now shut down, and Jackson says the workers are waiting for their final paychecks.
"I think we all deserve our compensation for money he's already made from us," Jackson told the TV station.
Customers who bought Groupon deals for the restaurant were also concerned about not being refunded. "Now I'm thinking about how I'm going to get my money back from that," Lauren Bartolome, standing in front of the shuttered eatery, told the TV station. "I don't know what to do now."
Groupon made it clear that customers would in fact receive a refund.
It is still unclear if employees will be paid back or not. A WFTV reporter attempted to contact the restaurant owner, and Kennedy finally replied back the same way he did to the employees he fired, through text message.
"Unfortunately businesses are forced to close across Orlando every day especially in the restaurant sector," Kennedy sent by cellphone message. "I am working to resolve issues including final paychecks as quickly as possible."