Metro Detroit Dave & Busters pays employees after power outage closure

Posted at 4:20 PM, Mar 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-16 16:20:34-04

When stores and restaurants don't have power, they are forced to shut down and send employees home without pay.

Last week's winds took out power at Dave and Buster's in Livonia for five days. Each employee was given $200 even though they didn't work.

General Manger Charles Weclowski said, "They were pretty happy a lot of them really needed the money pretty badly."

Lights went out last Wednesday and power didn't come back until Sunday, but they still couldn't open for business until Monday.

That means about 155 employees couldn't work for days and no work means no money.

Luckily for them, Dave and Buster's employees throughout the country contribute to the company's Heart Fund.

"It helps other employees in a time of need so it's all employee funded."

Weclowski put in a request to the Heart Fund to help his employees.

By Wednesday, all full time and part time employees had a $200 check in their hands.

"It's just everybody helping everybody out in a time of need and that's what the Heart Fund and Dave and Buster's is all about."