She Deserved More
She couldn’t believe how terrible her boss was. She quickly grew tired of the way he treated her, and she knew she deserved more. Despite the fact that she had only been there for a few months, she felt like she aged a few years because of him.
The manager was blissfully unaware that she knew all of the secrets he would rather keep hidden under wraps. He would soon regret treating her like trash.
Things Were Good At First
She didn’t understand why things got to that point. She quite enjoyed her job in the beginning. She made very sure that she started her new job on a good note. First impressions matter, and she wanted to give her best.
She couldn’t deal with the horrible treatment for a second longer, he had pushed her to her limits.
She Understood How Things Worked
Laura Townsend, the protagonist of this story, was a 23-year-old who worked as a waitress in Delaware.
She had been in the service industry for a few years now and understood how everything worked. It was not difficult for her to adjust to the new restaurant. Everything went smoothly at first.
It Was Okay
Laura enjoyed being a waitress, she loved meeting new people and getting to know them. It was an added bonus that the job helped her put food on her table. She worked as a waitress while she completed her degree in French Literature.
Being a waitress wasn’t something that she could see herself doing in the long term, but it was good for the time being. In all of her years working as a waitress, she never encountered any issues until she started working at her new job.
It’s never easy to start a new job. There’s a lot of pressure to do everything perfectly, but once you get a hang of things, the stress evaporates.
When she first met her boss, she was under the impression that he was a decent man. But after a month, she saw who he really was.
A Turn For The Worst
After working at the restaurant for a few weeks, her boss told her that she needed to work extra hours. She didn’t mind too much as she could do with the extra money.
However, things went south very quickly. It had gotten to the point where Laura regretted responding to the job advertisement.
Her manager refused to compensate her for her extra hours. She arranged a meeting with him to discuss the matter, but he simply told her to quit if she was so unhappy with everything.
He made fun of her educational pursuits and stated that she would be a waitress for the rest of her life. He continued with his negative behavior.
A Group Of Hard Workers
Laura worked with only girls, and they all had been at the restaurant for most of their adult lives, and Laura also had been in the industry for many years.
When the girls learned that a new position opened up, they were ecstatic. The position was for the assistant manager, and it came with a considerable salary increase. But what her manager did next shocked them all to their core.
A Horrible Decision
They all kept their fingers crossed and prayed that they would get the new job. But Laura’s manager did not even bother to hire the new manager internally.
He immediately hired his close friend, somebody who had never worked in the service industry. Laura’s blood boiled, but she was ready to exact her revenge.
A Series Of Bad Decisions
The new hire made many mistakes, and the manager needed to hire a new assistant manager. Laura and her co-workers approached the manager and asked if he could consider hiring one of them.
They were professionals in the industry, they knew everything there was to know and it was the only logical decision. After a few days, they learned that the manager hired one of his buddies’ children. He was no better than the previous hire and had zero experience. However, there was a terrible reason for that.
The Boss’ Friends
The manager would often invite his friends to the restaurant. These were all shady-looking people with whom he met in his office, who acted like the restaurant was theirs, and who never tipped at all.
One time, one of the manager’s friends went so far as to make a gross comment about how Laura looked in her uniform. And to add insult to injury, Laura’s manager laughed at it! But that wasn’t the worst Laura heard from those people.
One afternoon during her shift, she was busy cleaning the floor near her boss’s office while he was busy talking to his friends. They were having a conversation about something.
Laura did not like getting into other people’s business, especially not sketchy men like those. However, there was something different about that time. She could not help but eavesdrop.
She Heard Something
Laura couldn’t believe what she had just heard. The worst she was expecting was gross jokes, comments of poor taste, and the like. But something a lot worse than that had been said inside those walls.
She was absolutely disgusted. But now she had some doubts: should she tell someone about it, or should she just stay out of trouble and pretend she didn’t know?
She Tried To Keep Her Cool
For a while, she just thought that her best bet was to keep minding her business, don’t get involved in what these people were up to, keep working for the rest of the month, get her money, and get out of there as soon as possible.
But something happened that made her rethink her choice. And then, she made a decision, even though she knew it could be risky for her: she went all out with the boss’ secret.
He Had It Coming
The end of the month came by, and she was ready to get her salary and announce her resignation. She went to talk to the boss, and she told her about her decision to leave. She didn’t intend to speak about what she had heard a few days ago.
But the boss refused to pay her; he used all types of excuses, said she hadn’t worked enough, she hadn’t given him enough notice, etc. He just wasn’t willing to give her that months’ salary. Then, he told her about an unbelievable new dress code.
New Dress Code
As the manager told her about the dress code change, she couldn’t believe her ears. On top of not receiving her pay, the new male assistant manager was given the easy job of staying behind the counter while the girls were now expected to wear skimpy black dresses and dangerously high heels while serving customers.
When Laura began to protest that she couldn’t wear six-inch heels throughout her entire shift, the manager said three words that made her blood boil.
“Suck It Up”
The manager expected them all to just “suck it up.” That was all there was to it. Combined with a not-so-veiled threat that if they didn’t like it, they could quit. Girls like them were dispensable.
Simmering rage began to course through Laura’s veins. That was when she knew what to do. She pretended to accept it all and keep working there. But she had a trick up her sleeve.
The New Uniform
Laura could barely breathe when she tried the new uniform on. It was so intentionally tight she could feel it squeezing the air from her lungs. And the heels were so high that after ten minutes, she could already feel the tight pain in her calves.
Every part of her being was screaming at her to rip everything off. She wanted to unleash a tirade on her sexist bosses and storm right out of the building. But that wouldn’t help the other girls. She calmed herself and schemed until she had a brilliant idea.
On the last day she worked at that Red Robin, there were 9 police officers having lunch at one of the tables. Laura clocked out before her shift was supposed to end and changed into her regular clothes.
The manager saw this and ran towards her, asking, “What do you think you’re doing?”. He suddenly realized that the 9 officers had gotten up from their table and were standing behind him.
Laura had been holding onto the vital information she’d overheard until exactly the right moment. She’d put up with her rude, sexist manager and his new dress code until the perfect opportunity presented itself.
She knew the group of cops would be coming over for their usual Wednesday lunch. Her manager was also entertaining his group of sleazy friends in his office. It was almost too perfect.
Laura pretended to continue to work, but she was actually gathering evidence against her manager and his friends.
After she’d discovered the shocking truth about the restaurant’s owner and manager, she began to secretly record their private conversations as they spoke about their crimes in the office. The day she saw the group of cops come in, she slipped them the recordings.
He Was A Crook
Laura’s manager had been running a money-laundering operation in that restaurant for years. Those friends that usually came over and met in his office were his partners from Delaware’s underworld.
The conversation that Laura heard through the door had given them away. Initially, she intended to stay out of it; but when her boss refused to pay her and made her wear the demeaning uniform, she decided to tell the police about it.
The cops listened to Laura’s recordings and set up a sting operation. They made a call to freeze the restaurant’s assets and get a search warrant, arrested the manager and his friends, and conducted a search of the restaurant.
While the other waitresses had no idea what was going on, Laura watched it all go down with a giant smirk on her face.
The restaurant owner, manager, and his shady accomplices were indicted on numerous charges, and they’re currently awaiting trial. They might face up to 30 years of prison.
As for Laura, she got paid for her last month and found a job in a different restaurant shortly afterward. She’s still studying French literature and working hard to support herself. But how had the manager gotten away with it for so long?
The restaurant’s owner and manager had been disguising the source of their dirty money by hiding it in the restaurant finances.
The restaurant was owned by a man with connections to an prolific organized crime ring and had placed two of his accomplices in managerial roles to oversee the operation. But how does that work exactly?
Money Laundering 101
The owner of the restaurant bought the established business to cover his crimes. To launder money successfully, the waitresses shouldn’t have even been aware that it was taking place. And they weren’t, except for Laura.
“If I’m a drug kingpin, the last thing I would want is one of the waitresses having any idea what I’m doing. You essentially want it to be a legitimate business,” explains Professor Kerry Myers, who specializes in forensic accounting and money laundering at the University of South Florida.
It Looked Legit
The manager was in charge of taking the dirty cash from his boss and putting it into the restaurant’s system to make it look “clean.” His “friends” brought the dirty cash in a suitcase each week to be mixed in with the restaurant’s cash.
It worked for so long because the waitresses at the restaurant worked hard to retain customers, so the business was legitimately turning a good profit. However, the profits still weren’t enough to explain the manager’s flashy parade of new cars.
The popular restaurant had been the perfect smokescreen. “You don’t want to pick a front company,” explains Myers.
“If I’m going to launder money, I would want a business where, if the FBI or IRS stops by, there are a lot of customers coming and going. That way, the revenues are justified by the clientele.”
A Global Problem
Laura’s manager and his “friends” were able to enjoy their dirty money without arousing suspicion from the authorities.
But, sadly, money laundering is not all that unusual. In fact, around $300 billion in ill-gotten money is laundered through the United States each year. Money laundering is said to account for 2-5 percent of the world’s total GDP.
Besides being part of an organized crime ring that was involved in terrible things, Laura’s manager was also a terrible person. He treated his employees badly and had no respect for women.
But he never expected his newest waitress to bring his whole world down. And, even though all the waitresses were left jobless, their experience soon saw them in new positions that paid and treated them the way deserved.