Created: 08/27/2013 11:13 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams
They say they put in the hours on the promise they would get a big pay off at the end. But more than two weeks later, some people who worked during the PGA Championship say they have yet to receive any payment.
These are people hired by a company out of Brooklyn to assist police in keeping the PGA Championship safe.
They say they were promised $10 an hour and all the hours they wanted if they were willing to wait until the end of the tournament to collect their check. Now, some say they have not been paid and the owner of the company won't say why.
We're talking about 120 people. Many of them found out about the temporary security positions by word Of mouth. One worker told News10NBC all you had to do to get the job was show up in a grocery store parking lot and fill out an application.
Trevor Weiland says he was hired on the spot by a company known as Streamline Security Services. It's a company based in Brooklyn.
Weiland says he was excited about working at the PGA and about the prospects of making as much money as he was willing to work for. He says the only concern was the fact that the owner of the company didn't speak much English. Then, by the second day on the job, he was told he wouldn't get paid overtime, just straight time. Weiland says he has called the owner numerous times and hasn't yet reached him. He says his calls have not been returned. Now the voicemail is too full to leave a message.
“I'm definitely upset. It's a lot of money. At $10 an hour it's $2,000 that I'm owed. It's definitely not a little bit of cash. I kind of need that money. I was depending on that cash. It has been close to a month and I haven't received any kind of payment,” said Weiland.
Antoinette Doty says she told several of her friends about the temporary security positions and she says none of them have been paid for the hours they put in at the PGA. Doty says she is looking for that money and can't pay her bills. In addition, she says a friend who worked with her recently lost her son to violence and needs money to pay for funeral expenses. Doty says she has talked with the company owner on Tuesday she says he promised to call her friend and wire her the money she's owed, but none of it has materialized.
“How frustrating is it Antoinette to know you've already worked these hours, you've held up your end of the bargain and this company is giving you the run around?” asked News10NBC's Lynette Adams.
“Very frustrating. Bill collectors don't want to wait for their money. We're waiting for our money. No hard feelings against you or anything like that. We need our money,” said Doty.
News10NBC tried several times to reach Streamline Security Services and the owner, but were not successful. The owner's voice mail is full and we received no response to our text messages. Weiland says he is prepared to sue Streamline Security for his money and there is talk of a class action lawsuit.
To be clear, the PGA doesn't really have a role in this. While these workers were providing a service for the PGA, they were working for this Brooklyn based company and have no connection too the PGA.
News10NBC will continue to stay on top of this story and let you know what happens.