Fired by Text Message: Restaurant Owner Goes Social To Lay Off Staff (Video)

Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 08:11 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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More than a dozen employees at an Italian restaurant in central Florida got a surprise earlier this month when they were unexpectedly fired by text message.

Gregory Kennedy, who owns Barducci's Italian Bistro in Winter Park, Fla., sent all of his employees the same message on the Fourth of July, according to

"I unfortunately need to inform you that I have been forced to close Barducci's effective immediately," the text read. "Despite my efforts there were circumstances that I was not able to address. I wish you all the best and sincerely thank you for everything you have done. Any final payroll checks will be addressed after the accounting has been finalized."

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Former employee Jodi Jackson said she still has not received her final paycheck.

"I think it's immoral. I think it's cowardice," she told WFTV. "I think we all deserve our compensation for money that he's already made from us."

Kennedy did not respond to calls for comment, but instead followed up with yet another text.

"Unfortunately businesses are forced to close across Orlando every day especially in the restaurant sector," he wrote to WFTV. "I am working to resolve issues quickly including final paychecks as quickly as possible."

This was not the first instance of an insensitive firing. In 2010, a manager at Fife Fine Foods in Leicestershire, England, was given the axe via text.

"Dear Shayne it is with regret that i have to give you one weeks notice due to the continueing (sic) drop in trade," the message read. "I was going to phone you during work hours but got your number after 1700. i will give you a reference if you need one. regards barry."

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