TheGothamist – Vinnie’s Pizza in Williamsburg (a hipster neighborhood in Brooklyn, NYC, NY) recently posted a very specific Help Wanted sign in their window.
The Gothamist got on the phone with Henrik Toncic, a co-owner at Vinnie’s to ask for some details. Here is his story:
We hired a guy who is in a local band that’s gotten pretty big [Ed.: REDACTED because the band is now well-known and we want to give this person a chance to respond]. This was about a year or so ago, when they were still up-and-coming, and one scenario that has remained true in Williamsburg is you’ve got these people coming from smaller towns and they immediately fall into the party lifestyle. Well, this guy got arrested while he was working here, during his shift. The cops took him out of Vinnie’s in handcuffs! He was arrested for domestic assault, but I don’t know what came of that.
Then he needed time off to go to rehab. Then he needed time off for the band. We had loaned him money and he had even stayed at one of the owner’s houses. Listen, the owners and managers at Vinnie’s are also artists and musicians, we have lived that lifestyle, so we get it and we try to be flexible. But this guy would take naps in the basement on a pizza box and a bag of macaroni. Then he’d be doing cocaine while it’s still light out. Finally we caught him stealing money out of the register, about $800 over several weeks. He did pledge to pay us back. But you know, he was also a great guy; when he was here and committed he was great.