by: Blair Miller Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A Charlotte restaurant was forced to close its doors unexpectedly, just weeks before Christmas.
Eyewitness News found out on Friday that employees of Delta's Restaurant could have to wait weeks before they get their final paychecks.
Kristina Norman can only hope things get better after learning last week that the Uptown restaurant where she worked since last January suddenly closed.
"I was actually on my way to work when I got the text that said the restaurant was closing," she said.
She said she and other employees were not told much about what about what happened or why.
"I was in a state of shock, honestly. Two days before Thanksgiving, I don't need this. I can't afford to be trying to find a job during the holidays," said Norman.
What is worse, Norman said she has not received some paychecks and others have bounced.
When Eyewitness News called the restaurant manager looking for answers, she returned the call and left a voice mail saying the closing was an unfortunate situation.
As for those paychecks, she said employees will get one this weekend and then they will finalize any remaining payments in another couple of weeks.
She also said any bounced checks will be covered, but until then, Norman can only wipe away the tears and wait.
"It is devastating you know? It really is. I do not have a job. I mean, I have a 7-year-old so it is hard. I need my check," she said.
The restaurant manager said employees are only owed two weeks' pay at this point.
Eyewitness News will be sure to follow up with those former employees to make sure they are paid some of that this weekend, as the manager said.
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