[Image Description: Background is several triangles in a circle like a pie alternating from true red, scarlet and black. A robin is sitting on his perch looking to the right.
Top Text: “DINE AND DASH.”
Bottom Text: “OWNER FIRES YOU AND THREATENS TO MAKE YOU PAY FOR THE LOSS.”]
I worked at a little bar/comedy club in Alberta and this happened on my fourth shift. One of my tables just walked out without paying, leaving a bill of over two hundred dollars.
The owner was livid. Forced me to stay another half hour past my shift to yell at me until I was in tears. He forced me to leave, saying he was keeping my paycheck (which added up to barely a hundred dollars), as well as all my tips, and would demand I pay the rest out of pocket.
I was completely distraught. It was almost midnight, I called my mother, sobbing grossly, barely able to explain the situation, and she got angry on my behalf and gave me some much needed advice.
THIS IS ILLEGAL IN CANADA.
Unless you are the only person in the establishment with access to the cash register, you cannot be held responsible for shortage or loss of property. I still have to fight my (former) employer about this, but I am legally entitled to all of my pay. If he refuses still I can fill a complaint with m Provincial Labour Board and they will investigate it and get my wages, at no cost to me.
Know your rights, guys. Do your research. It saved this young, broke Robin a lot of money and stress.