Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Restaurant Manager Charged With Pocketing $19,000

Posted By on Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 12:55 PM

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Anybody who's worked in the restaurant business knows that employee theft — of money, food, equipment, other people's tips — is pretty common. I've known of businesses going bankrupt because of it, especially since many restaurants operate on a slender profit margin.

Of course, theft takes place in every business sector, and the vast majority of restaurant employees are loyal and law-abiding. (And sometimes the bosses are the thieves — I'm still waiting for my last paycheck from a place where I waitressed in high school. I showed up for work only to find a gutted building whose tenants had fled!)

A story by reporter James Nix in our sister publication, The City Paper, tells of a particularly sticky-fingered restaurant employee.

Nix reports that a former manager at Blue Coast Burrito in the Nashville West center on Charlotte Pike has been indicted on a felony theft charge. Samuel Richard Causey Jr., 50, allegedly stole $18,788.24 between Nov. 18 and Dec. 7 last year.

Causey, who was released on $4,000 bail, allegedly told police he took three weeks' worth of deposits home instead of to the bank. Yum ... burrito cash. I wonder if he got chips with that.

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