I, too, am saddened by the loss of Lynn's Paradise Cafe from the Roadfood landscape. I have had a number of meals there, over time, both with the Mayor and other friends that I have introduced to the very unique restaurant.
It must be all kinds of easy to sit in your living room and jump to conclusions about what may or may not have happened based on the Internet rantings of a disgruntled former employee. I see stuff like this all the time on Facebook, especially with political content. Just this week, someone posted about a member of the House who introduced legislation to repeal the 22nd Amendment (two term limit for the president). They claimed that this was President Obama's way to "ignore" the constitution and remain "president for life." Instead, this congressman has introduced the same legislation, only to be shuttled to committee, where it lays dead, for the past 16 years, including the entirety of the previous administration. Also forgetting that by introducing legislation, this would, in fact, be ABIDING by the constitution, rather than "ignoring" it. But, hey - a good story is a good story, right? How many people just copied and re-posted the same factually incorrect article, while starting a firestorm of anti-whatevergroupyouwanttobeagainst sentiment. The pitchfork and fiery torch crowd gets to march in the streets once more - apparently led by carolina bob.
CC - Can you show me where it is illegal for a restaurant to require $100 cash for their servers? The owner claimed that she researched what other restaurants in the area were doing, and found that many others had the same policy. I don't know if it is legal or not, but I would be curious to know the Kentucky statute to which you refer when you say it is illegal.
As for the restaurant not paying the waitstaff their tips from credit cards on the spot, why should they? What if the customer refutes the charges with the credit card company? Why should the business be out that money? From what I read, this was an issue of institutional control - the tips would be distributed in a weekly paycheck with taxes withheld. Why is this a problem? I have taxes withheld from my paycheck. I have heard others say that they tip in cash, so that the server can decide how much they want to claim. Why would I expect the server to NOT claim the full amount of their tips - their income - when I am required to claim the full amount of my income?
There is a lot to this story that we don't know - and we will never know. But, at the end of the day, a landmark Louisville restaurant has shuttered its doors, and, on the surface, it appears that it is due, at least in part, to the now common practice of Internet bullying.