Crowne Plaza Employees Can't Cash Payroll Checks

By Justin Foss, Reporter


By Justin Foss

CEDAR RAPIDS - The 120 employees, including the managers and the General Manager are saying other significantly cheaper hotels are providing more service than the Crowne Plaza Five Seasons, located in downtown Cedar Rapids.

The hotel is billed as the premier place to spend the night in Cedar Rapids.

The employees note worst of all, they're not even getting paid to work there.

Front Office Manager John McLaughlin said all 120 employees at the hotel still haven't been paid from their last checks on August 15th...a week ago.

KCRG TV9 followed along as McLaughlin tried to cash his check at Regions Bank. The bank wouldn't cash it, and told him to contact hotel management.

This was McLaughlin's fifth check to bounce in the last few months. To add to the problems, he just had open heart surgery.

"That's exactly what was said to me, there's nothing we can do, I empathize and one thought goes through my mind, what am I going to do when I run out of my heart medication? I go back to St. Luke's and then what? Refer that bill back to the hotel? You know it won't get paid, said McLaughlin.

Back in May KCRG TV9 reported about the hotel's owners having issues with getting out paychecks.

Peter Mathon who represents Kronos, the parent company of the hotel, told KCRG TV9 back then that they were taking steps to fix the problem, and assured it would be fixed.

But Friday night, General Manger David Hockenberry said while the steps were taken, the problems were never fixed.

Hockenberry also said this is just the tip of the iceberg for what's billed as the premier hotel in Cedar Rapids.

KCRG TV9 contacted Peter Mathon Friday afternoon seeking a comment. No comment was immediately available.

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