Employees Accuse Chickie’s & Pete’s of Skimming Tips

Why so crabby?
Why so crabby? Photo: Visit Philly

Looks like the fries aren’t all that’s getting crabby at Chickie’s & Pete’s these days. Past and present employees at the locally-based sports bar chain’s airport location have filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming that as tipped workers, they were forced to pony up two percent of checks, in cash, to the restaurant every time a guest paid a tab with a credit card, Newsworks reports. The suit claims the tips were used to cover credit card processing fees, which you’ll recall is a practice that was outlawed when City Council passed and enacted the Philadelphia Gratuity Protection Bill last year. Chickie’s & Pete’s head honcho Pete Ciarrocchi in a written statement contends he always tries to do “the right thing by our employees,” but more than a 100 of them (present workers and those employed at the airport outpost over the last three years) are included in the complaint. [Newsworks]

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