The Chickie’s & Pete’s Tip Lawsuit Settlement Brings Owed Money to Most Employees, a Warmer Swimming Pool to One


Chickie’s & Pete’s, while widely regarded as one of the best sports bars in the nation, has apparently never made the list of “Best Sports Bars Where Your Tips Aren’t Taken From You.” As part of the settlement from a long-running lawsuit that claimed (and found) owner Pete Ciarrocchi was improperly skimming tips, a lawyer recently went door-to-door to 90 current and former stiffed employees, where “the amounts [on the settlement checks] range from about $1,200 to $45,000-plus.” You can do a lot with that kind of money. In fact, just ask this one woman, as the Daily News did, who learned literally nothing from Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation:

Anyway, cashing a check sure is a pretty excellent way for the workers to kick off the summer – or to pay off a swimming-pool heater. That’s what one former waitress will do with part of the $11,771 she’s pocketing in the settlement.’ “I already bought the heater, which I probably shouldn’t have done, except I knew the check was coming,” says the woman, who also will start a savings account for her new baby. Like other former and current Chickie’s & Pete’s employees interviewed for this column, she asked not to be identified, because it’s probably not smart to go public about coming into money. Lord knows the weirdos who’d emerge from the weeds for a handout. [Editor’s note: I literally hate this woman.]

Meanwhile, another bartender used the more rational outlook of “I don’t really see this as money I can go out and throw around. This is money I should’ve had all along. I’ve needed it.” That makes more sense.


26 Responses

  1. Fuck Pete and his overrated bar. Funny thing is, if a bartender stole $500 from Pete, he could theoretically end up in jail. Rich Pete steals millions, pays a fine and goes back to getting his balls licked on WIP. God Bless America.

    P.S. That cunt acts like he was the first jackass who ever sprinkled Old Bay seasoning on some fries. Catch cancer Pete, you piece of shit.

    1. Oh my bad, no cash on me, I gotchu next time I come in doe (sucka)

  2. “Mom, why can’t I go to college?”
    “Because your dad Nerlens got a lawyer. Go turn the pool heater up to 80.”

      1. “shitwhistle” is easily the funniest thing ever posted on this blog.

    1. The word sports appeared no less than twice in the article… did you miss it?

      1. Sorry. I forgot the threshold of what counts as “sports” on here has hit rock bottom.
        I will read more closely next time.

  3. Pete is a good man. He does a lot for the community and has a million dollar smile. When times were good, the bartenders at C&P were pulling in $100k per year in cash and only reporting $10k. Who is the bad guy? Or how about the waitresses that were making $60k in cash and not reporting it but pulling up to the welfare line in their Lexus SUV’s? Sometimes good people do bad things because they receive shitty advice. He without sin should cast the first crabfry™

    1. He contributed to keeping the population of the community down by one when he impregnated that underage girl who worked there and had her get an abortion.

      Shitty ingredients, shitty food, Chickie & Pete’s.

    2. His food is over priced slop and her is a jerk off. He even tried to rig his kids’ soccer games.

      Let WIP continue to lick his nuts. Eventually, all of the locations will be empty.

  4. The only person more despicable than Pete is that jive talking wigger Sean Brace who spent the entire Friday night at a bar hitting on this fat blond after telling everybody on the radio how committed he is to his girlfriend. What a phony. He had his hat backwards the whole night while in some form of Ebonics. What a disgrace to 97.5 that he has a job.

  5. If anyone thought WIP would shy away from their relationship with Chickie is Cheaps, you don’t know WIP. Money is the only thing that matters. (i.e. Wingbowl) Went to the place once and the food was lousy.

  6. Come on, people! The big man needed that money! Kensington prostitutes and his employees’ abortions don’t pay for themselves! Cut the guy some slack.

  7. Crab Fries are the most vile food known to man. They taste like Rhea’s three day old panties.

  8. I don’t tip because society says I have to. All right, if someone deserves a tip, if they really put forth an effort, I’ll give them something a little something extra. But this tipping automatically, it’s for the birds. As far as I’m concerned, they’re just doing their job. These ladies aren’t starvin to death. They make minimum wage. When I worked for minimum wage, I wasn’t lucky enough to have a job that society deemed tipworthy.

    I’m very sorry that the government taxes their tips. That’s f*cked up. But that ain’t my fault. it would appear that waitresses are just one of the many groups the government f*cks in the ass on a regular basis. You show me a paper says the government shouldn’t do that, I’ll sign it. Put it to a vote, I’ll vote for it. But what I won’t do is play ball. And this non- college BS you’re telling me, I got two words for that: “Learn to f*ckin type.” Cause if you’re expecting me to help out with the rent, you’re in for a big f*ckin surprise

    1. They do NOT make minimum wage, not as you know it, anyway. In PA, employers are required to pay above Federal TIPPED minimum wage, which is only $2.13/hr. So, for all we know, they could be paid $2.25 or $2.50/hr. Could you live on that? Don’t get me wrong, as I’m not a fan of automatic big tipping either. I think they should be tipped based on the level/quality of service, but 15% should be the bare minimum.

    2. Just looked it up further…PA minimum tipped wage is $2.83/hr, and you only have to get $30/month in tips to be considered a “tipped” employee.

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