AUSTIN (KXAN) - The payroll nightmare at My Town Media took another bizarretwist Wednesday night. After being told they could finally pickupup their paychecks for the April 16th payday, employees who took itto the bank found it was just another check they could notcash.
Matt Hildebrand took the check written from a Chase Bank accountto one of the bank’s branches where he was informed theaccount number was invalid.
"The teller said it looked funny because of the odd number ofdigits," said Hildebrand. "He showed me his computer screen and itsaid the account did not exist."
"It is a fake check and they cannot even process it."
A My Town Media representative said the latest setback is theresult of a clerical error in which a digit was inadvertentlydropped while printing the checks.
Still, more trouble would be discovered causing even morefrustration.
Workers were told they could pick up the corrected checksThursday afternoon at the former location of My Town Media at NorthLamar and 31st Street. But after two hours of waiting, about twodozen employees were informed the checks would not be issuedbecause of an error in the company name.
Two printing errors in two days is a story some employees arenot believing.
"It is a stall tactic," said Keith Adams. "They do not have thefunds to pay us so this is all just a stall tactic."
Employees have been frustrated with the business which shut itsdoors April 16th and has a history of writing bounced checksincluding several in recent weeks.
Former My Town Media service representative Kiera Robison, 19,said her paychecks started bouncing in February.
"I'm just stuck unless I get $100,000 to fall out of the sky orsomething," said Roberson who is four months pregnant and has atoddler at home to feed.
She is behind on her car note, and Roberson has no money tocover May rent at her North Austin apartment complex. The managertold Roberson she will be evicted Monday if they do not have themoney in hand. Roberson drove back home with a fourth of a tank ofgas left in her car Wednesday, wishing she could meet My Town Mediaowner Christian Hunter face to face.
"I wish this man could see our lives, and what we have to gothrough," Roberson. "But I'm pretty sure he doesn't care."
In a blog postingWednesday, Hunter said they hope to have the money owed from thosebounced checks reconciled by the end of the month, but employeeswill be required to submit the bad check numbers and amounts toultimately receive that money.
A U.S. Department of Labor spokesperson said the agency openedan investigation on My Town Media, but would not provide a timelineon how long possible action could take.
Several employees have filed complaints with the Texas WorkforceCommission. An investigator will determine on an individual basiswhat wages should be paid.
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