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Dine and dash: Who pays?

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Dixie Inn police released this surveillance video of the couple who allegedly left without paying. (Source: Dixie Inn Police Department) Dixie Inn police released this surveillance video of the couple who allegedly left without paying. (Source: Dixie Inn Police Department)
DIXIE INN, LA (KSLA) -

Police in Dixie Inn say they have some leads on the couple caught on camera dining and dashing earlier this month at an ArkLaTex restaurant.

But much of the outrage expressed about the story when KSLA News 12 posted it on Facebook was directed at business owners' policy requiring their employee to cover the bill.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, it is legal, as long as it doesn't put the server's paycheck under minimum wage:

"Where deductions for walk-outs, breakage, or cash register shortages reduce the employee's wages below the minimum wage, such deductions are illegal. Where a tipped employee is paid $2.13 per hour in direct (or cash) wages and the employer claims the maximum tip credit of $5.12 per hour, no such deductions can be made without reducing the employee below the minimum wage (even where the employee receives more than $5.12 per hour in tips)."

It's fairly common practice at many restaurants, intended to prevent employee theft. 

The Wage and Hour Division has a toll-free line for employees with questions: 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243).

You can also find your the Division's nearest local office on this page

Meanwhile, Dixie Inn police are still asking for your help in identifying that couple who didn't pay up after enjoying a $42 meal at The Crawfish Hole back on May 2. 
     
If you know who they are, police would like you to call them at 318-377-0238.

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