Workers coming up short after icy weather

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Posted: Jan 30, 2014 5:44 PM by Troy Gaulden
Updated: Jan 30, 2014 5:49 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: storm, ice, roads, businesses, restaurants, tips, workers

BATON ROUGE - Workers who depend on tips for day-to-day expenses say the icy weather left them out in the cold after shutting down roads and closing businesses.

Freddie Taylor, owner of Poor Boy Lloyd's downtown, said the deep freeze hurt his restaurant's numbers this week.

"It shut us down completely Wednesday, and Tuesday we had the breakfast business, but breakfast is maybe 25 percent of our business. So we lost a bunch," he said.

Waitresses and baristas we spoke with Thursday say they're without days' worth of cash after seeing fewer customers.

"There wasn't anybody really downtown. All the interstates were shut down. People were just staying indoors trying to avoid it," said PJ's Coffee barista Ryan Brady.

"My phone will probably get cut off in the next day or two. It's been two years since I've been working and it's never been cut off, so it's hurting me a lot," said Schlitz and Giggles waitress Haley Ardoin.

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber says the icy weather cost Baton Rouge an estimated $40 million in sales, production and wages.

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