Restaurant fires all its employees by text message

A Florida restaurant notified employees via text message that the restaurant was closing immediately.

More than a dozen workers at a Florida bistro reportedly received a text message from the boss saying they were losing their jobs.

Employees at a Florida restaurant say they were shocked and appalled after finding out via text message from their boss that they no longer had jobs.

"I think it's immoral. I think it's cowardice," Jodi Jackson, who cooked for Barducci's Italian Bistro in Winter Park, Fla., told WFTV.

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Jackson said she and more than a dozen employees got this same text message from the owner, Gregory Kennedy, on July 4:

"I unfortunately need to inform you that I have been forced to close Barducci's effective immediately."

The text message reportedly continued:

"Despite my efforts there were circumstances that I was not able to address. I wish you all the best and sincerely thank you for everything you have done. Any final payroll checks will be addressed after the accounting has been finalized."

Jackson said she and the other employees are still waiting for their final paychecks.

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Kennedy couldn't be reached for comment by MSN News. The telephone number for the restaurant is no longer in service.

WFTV said it tried repeatedly to call Kennedy for comment, and he finally replied — by text message.

"Unfortunately businesses are forced to close across Orlando every day, especially in the restaurant sector," Kennedy said via text, according to WFTV. "I am working to resolve issues including final paychecks as quickly as possible."

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