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Former David's Cafe Employees Protest, Say Owed $80K

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Former employees of David's Cafe II that closed in July have been protesting outside the original location on Collins Avenue and 11 Street. And it's not just for pocket change or long hours. The ex-workers claim David's owes them over $80,000 in back wages from the past five months the restaurant was in business. The Miami New Times spoke with a former waiter, Evilio Dasilva, who said David's said they didn't have the money and the employees would have to wait for their paychecks, but they never saw them. "They had no intention to pay us," Dasilva told New Times. It looks like Miami-Dade Commissioner Bruno Barreiro and Miami Beach city government are going to step in and help try to get them their deserved pay. The restaurant's owners have still not spoken to the protesting employees in the past few weeks and didn't respond to a request from the New Times for comment. Until there's resolution in their favor, Dasilva and his former co-workers will continue to protest.

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