12 OYS: Former burger joint workers' silent protest nearly ends in arrests

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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

MARTINEZ, Ga. (WRDW) -- "We sat down yesterday and he called the authorities on us and they told us that we had to leave," Jarrod Coffey said.

On Tuesday, he and six other former employees of St. Louis Original Hamburgers came back, but owner Gregory Glover locked them out just as they were approaching the front door.

"I just want a paycheck," said Coffey, knocking on the front door of the business.

The group staged a quiet protest on the curb outside the burger joint on Furys Ferry Road in Martinez. It ended as quickly as it began after Glover called deputies to remove them from the property for trespassing.

"Getting paid would be a wonderful thing because that's what you work for," said Coffey.

This Iraq War veteran said he has not seen a paycheck since he started working as a cook at the restaurant a month ago.

In September, News 12 reported on other former employees who complained they too were not getting paid. We caught up to Glover back then, outside the restaurant and just hours after he bonded out of jail on a fraud charge.

He was accused of using a stolen social security number to try and open a bank account. He told us to talk to his attorney. We called the restaurant on Tuesday to see if Glover would talk now.

When we called the restaurant we heard a recording that said the person we were trying to reach is not currently accepting calls. Coffey said he wonders if he will ever get paid and admits he should have done his homework.

"Check on where you are working if it's not something, a brand name that you are aware of do a little bit of research because if we had done some research we would have never stepped into this," Coffey said.

The group said it plans to continue to take action in every way it can including filing complaints with the U.S. Department of Labor, Georgia Legal Services and the Georgia Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

So, for now it appears the restaurant may be closed again.

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