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Owner of St. Louis Original Hamburgers in Martinez calls police over workers' demands for back pay

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The owner of a Martinez hamburger restaurant called police Tuesday to have former employees who were seeking back pay removed from the property.

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Columbia County sheriff's Deputy Edward Laturell takes the name of Edwin Kronberger and other former St. Louis Original Hamburgers employees who were removed from the premises Tuesday.  VALERIE ROWELL/STAFF
VALERIE ROWELL/STAFF
Columbia County sheriff's Deputy Edward Laturell takes the name of Edwin Kronberger and other former St. Louis Original Hamburgers employees who were removed from the premises Tuesday.

Six former workers at St. Louis Original Hamburgers went to the Furys Ferry Road restaurant to get back pay that they say the owner, Gregory A. Glover, owes them.

“As we walked up to the door, he came up and locked it,” said Jarrod Coffey, the unofficial leader of the former workers, all of whom say they were not paid.

Locked out, they staged a peaceful protest by sitting on the sidewalk in front of the door.

Glover, who would not come to the door or speak to them, called authorities. Columbia County sheriff’s deputies told the protesters, who staged a similar sit-in protest Monday, that they had to leave and not return to the business or face criminal-trespass charges.

“We just want our paychecks,” Coffey yelled to Glover through the door.

Some of the former employees worked at the restaurant as few as two days, others as long as a month. All say they were not paid for their time.

A deputy suggested they pursue civil resolutions, including reporting the problems to the state Department of Labor and filing a civil action with the Columbia County Magistrate Court.

“It really sucks that we have to do all this just to get paid,” said Joseph Emmert, who said he worked at St. Louis Original Hamburgers about three weeks.

When reached by phone Tuesday afternoon, Glover said he would not comment on the matter.

Glover, who opened the restaurant in April in the former Pickles Cafe and Grill space, was arrested in September after authorities accused him of trying to use someone else’s Social Security number to open a business checking account in August. Glover evaded arrest for about two weeks before surrendering Sept. 24 to face two counts of financial identity fraud.

It was also discovered at the time of his arrest that Glover was operating the restaurant without a business license, which he obtained the day after his arrest.

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Pops
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Pops 01/21/14 - 10:32 pm
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This Glover is a real shyster

He needs to be run out of the area......after a little jail time .......his day is coming.....

Herenow2say
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Herenow2say 01/21/14 - 11:55 pm
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Moreover

The burgers suck. Is this place still open?

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 01/22/14 - 05:56 am
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Yes, this place is still

Yes, this place is still open! I drive by it, see a few cars in the parking lot, and I just can't believe people are even willing to take a chance on eating there! They must not know what this guy has done as far as a flim-flam artist. I would NEVER take the chance of eating anything they serve. If he's too cheap and too conniving to do business the proper way, then why should people expect him to serve food in the healthy and proper way that the law demands?? Instead of beef, he could be serving rat-meat, for all anyone knows.
This place needs to be closed.
And I feel sorry for whoever buys it and makes it another restaurant, because they're going to have to overcome this guy's legacy...and no, that's not fair.

wildman
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wildman 01/22/14 - 06:02 am
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Been there

Been there twice right after it opened, first and last! Horrible food, the service was just as bad.

iaaffg
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iaaffg 01/22/14 - 07:22 am
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a con by any other name...

this con has some nerve! first he appropriates someone else's social security number, then we find out he didn't bother to apply for the proper paperwork to open his greasy spoon, then we hear he doesn't pay his employees, and now he's acting like he's a victim??!! the protesters should have walked around in the public area surrounding 'his' property, telling one and all what a crook he is; don't think he could have done squat about that. we have a friend whose daughter worked here way back when he got in trouble for stealing the s.s. number and she wasn't getting paid at that time, so apparently this is an ongoing issue with this con. never have eaten at this joint and once i read what a con he was, decided to never patronize someone who steals and doesn't pay his employees. if you see a couple cars in the parking lot, it's probably his family and friends there (if, indeed, he has any friends left). i hope the kids he ripped off by not paying them do not give up, get themselves a lawyer, and take this con to court. but then, he'll probably just leave town and not show up, which seems to be his modus operandi anytime he's in trouble with the law or things aren't going his way.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 01/22/14 - 09:24 am
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iaafg, get a lawyer to get a

iaafg, get a lawyer to get a small amount of back pay. Get another job and go on with life. They probably can't get anything because he probably doesn't have anything. The retainage on the lawyer is most likely more than owed. I went once and only once and once to Pickels. Too loud and cold feeling in the building.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/22/14 - 10:18 am
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They can file in small claims

They can file in small claims court, they don't need an attorney. The filing fee is small and they can get that back if they win.

csrareader
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csrareader 01/22/14 - 10:22 am
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Ate there once and food was

Ate there once and food was great. Never went back because it's just not convenient for us as far as the location.

raul
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raul 01/22/14 - 10:33 am
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@corgimom. Can they file in

@corgimom. Can they file in small claims as a "class action" suit and the judge hear the case collectively?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/22/14 - 11:08 am
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You've come a long way from St. Louie, Louie . . .

But you've still got a long way to go.

I seem to remember that when the police arrested the owner, the employees decided to keep on running the restaurant on their own while the owner was in jail (apparently it took him a few days to bail himself out). It was reported at the time that the employees were loyal and they just wanted to keep the business open while he was in jail.

I wonder whether these employees who did not get paid were those loyal employees back then, or whether these are some who just showed up recently?

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Comment on the business license. In Columbia County, they don't really have business "licenses." Instead, they call it an occupational tax. There's a whole office dedicated to it, but apparently they treat the whole process like an honor system. If you want to start a business, you just go to the office and voluntarily pay your tax. No one from the office ever checks the community for scofflaws, such as Mr. Glover. Isn't there a better way to run this tax office? We see the Columbia County Commission was lax in keeping tabs on Kay Allen; and now we see they're lax in keeping tabs on the occupational tax office as well.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 01/22/14 - 11:08 am
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Go ahead and arrest them for

Go ahead and arrest them for trespassing. Then put me on the jury. They will walk.

lawbookfordummies
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lawbookfordummies 01/22/14 - 11:15 am
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Glover must be related to Kay Allen

Like Kay Allen, Glover, the criminal, gets to stay in business and just calls the Columbia County Sheriff's Office and has the good people who are in the right thrown off of the criminal's property and has their names written up in an incident report on our tax dollar. Great county to live in where the criminals have all of the rights!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 01/22/14 - 11:22 am
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It is wrong for them to do this on private property

But I would support them gathering in the public parking lot area to make their voices heard.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 01/22/14 - 11:26 am
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corigi
Unpublished

to borrow a phrase from judge allen of the rich cnty magistrate court...."the easy part is getting your judgement, the hard part is getting paid"......

Sweet son
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Sweet son 01/22/14 - 12:51 pm
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I'm with Dixieman. Get together on the Furys Ferry right of way

and march/protest there. The only problem might be if the county has some sort of ordinance against that. I would check with the authorities for the ok and then do it! Can't believe he is still open with new employees after what he did to these people. New employs must not know the story.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 01/22/14 - 01:50 pm
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Alternative to Small Claims court for wages.

Federal Wage and Hour Div.
http://www.dol.gov/whd/america2.htm#Georgia
http://www.dol.gov/wecanhelp/howtofilecomplaint.htm

I used them once back in early 1980's
against an employer, a local ambulance service, no long in business, that promised $$$.00 a week and deducted 32 hours for OJT, while I was doing the job and making them $$$$. Once the Employer was contacted, they decided they wanted to settle to avoid any deeper Federal interested in their business. (eg. 20+/- other employees that went along with the deduction for training)

It took 30 days from start to finish and me ZERO COST.

BTW: Consider attaching a LIEN on the Business.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/22/14 - 02:27 pm
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I was on the way to the

I was on the way to the liquor store on a Friday or Saturday night around dinner, there were 2 cars total in the lot. Had to be employees unless there are none left or they just walk to work. It's only a matter of time. And even taking him to supreme court ain't going to amount to anything for the plaintiff. Just report any illegality or improper business practice to the appropriate authority and let them shake him down. That's bout all the satisfaction you'll get from this piece of work.

SJL1204
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SJL1204 01/22/14 - 06:30 pm
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Over priced

Over priced burgers , that we're only so so. I hope no one used a debit or credit card. Wouldnot trust him with the information.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/22/14 - 08:05 pm
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No, they can't file as a

No, they can't file as a class action. They wouldn't want to, they'd get more in small claims court.

But along with the labor board, I'd call the IRS, too. That owner is responsible for paying their payroll taxes, too.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/22/14 - 08:06 pm
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But to all employees- while

But to all employees- while your mind is fresh- sit down with a calendar, figure out what days and times you worked. You will need that to prove your case.

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