The Herald Bulletin

Overnight Update

Local Business

June 28, 2013

Former Gene's employees take their grievances public

APD says criminal investigation ongoing

ANDERSON, Ind. — Former Gene's Root Beer Stand employees took to the streets Friday to call attention to their grievances with the family drive-in on South Scatterfield Road.

Carrying placards and signs, a half-dozen former employees and supporters responded to honked horns, thumbs-up signs and occasional hollered words of encouragement from passing motorists. "You fight for it, sisters," shouted one driver.

A spokesman for the Anderson Police Department on Thursday confirmed that Andrew Moorman is under criminal investigation for allegedly stealing tips from carhops. No charges have been filed at this point, and any charging recommendations would have to be approved by Madison County Prosecutor's office.

The investigation began after two former carhops, Susan Coppess and Courtney Smith, claimed Moorman was taking a percentage of their tips based on sales. Carhops earn a base wage of $2.15 per hour, so they generally make the bulk of their money through tips.

Coppess worked at Gene's for four years; Smith worked there for one year.

"I'm 47 and college educated," Coppess said. "Don't treat me like I'm stupid. I worked here because I liked the job."

According to Coppess and others, in early 2012, Moorman told carhops he was going to take 2 percent of their total sales from tips to help cover higher food costs and other expenses, a financial hit that could cost up to $30 a shift, several of the former workers said.

One employee contacted an attorney who told Moorman the practice was illegal, and asked him to stop. Moorman did, and paid back some of the money, Coppess and others said.

In June 2012, something more ominous began occurring. Coppess discovered that Moorman and a restaurant manager were ringing up purchases before the restaurant opened and carhops reported for work, purchases the carhops had to cover from their tips. When Coppess confronted Moorman, he allegedly told her if she didn't go to the police, she'd have a job for life.

Text Only
Local Business
  • Clark, Big Joe mug [Duplicate] 'Big Joe' Clark: Plan your strategy for financing higher education Planning is essential regardless of the situation, but no plan is perfect. There will be flat tires and snow days, but there will also be dances and great memories. Let’s plan for what we can even if we know it won’t be perfect.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • boynton, brandon photo Teen receives funding for business venture Brandon Boynton is moving forward with his business dreams, thanks in part to a local working capital loan and a fundraising campaign.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Senior housing project advances If all the pieces fall into place within the next two weeks, construction on a new senior housing development could begin this fall.

    July 30, 2014

  • Roundabout bids higher than expected Bids for a planned facelift of the gateway into Anderson from Interstate 69 at Scatterfield Road came in considerably higher than the engineer’s estimate for the project.

    July 29, 2014

  • FEA - HB0729 - Senior Falls Aging safely in the comfort of her home Marilyn Moneyhun said being totally reliant on others is difficult. "Losing your independence is a shock to your system," Moneyhun, 84, said. "You are not in control anymore."

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0728 - business expansion CB Fabricating makes $2 million investment

    A local business founded in 2006 has invested $2 million in new equipment and a building expansion.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Charo Boyd: 'My Social Security' simplifies your life So many people buzz through extremely busy and complicated schedules these days. A smartphone in one hand, a computer in front of you, and a digital task list that never seems to end. In addition, to complicate things just a little more, there’s another event you need to add to your list — National Simplify Your Life week.

    July 28, 2014

  • nws - hb0725 - colts - jc - 4.jpg Colts camp's impact: pricey or priceless?

    Football fever is here and the city is flooded with fans eager to catch a glimpse of a favorite player. But officials say they are unclear what kind of economic impact the Indianapolis Colts training camp has on the area.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • BIZ - HB0727 - Skill gap 2 Seeking a solution today, not tomorrow Tina Warner-Morton says she wants to open her own healthcare business because it is too difficult to work for an employer with unclear employee expectations.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • BIZ - HB0727 - Cathy Cupboard Biz Profile Business Profile: Cathy's Cupboard focuses on customer satisfaction Cathy McPhearson opened her first storefront in June, but this is not her first venture into business. “I have always wanted to have my own business,” she said. “The problem was finding what people like, but everyone seems to like candles.”

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

Stocks
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide