Former employee of 10 Pin Alley said he and others haven't been paid final checks

10 Pin Bowling Alley in Las Cruces

Former employee of 10 Pin Alley in Las Cruces said he and others haven't been paid final checks

A former employee of a Las Cruces bowling alley that closed unexpectedly last month said he and other employees haven’t been paid their final checks.

On June 30, 10 Pin Alley surprised the public and some of their employees by closing its doors for good.

Tuesday CBS4 spoke with Robert Apodaca the former security manager of 10 Pin Alley who said he and other employee’s are still waiting to be paid.

“There’s about 30 of us and nobody has received any pay,” Robert Apodaca said.

Apodaca said he was one of the only employees who knew the bowling alley would be closing and was told not to tell anyone.

“Most of the staff was left in the dark, I’m a single father I have four kids and I just had to make sure, I was very clear with them my intentions to be employed there that I needed to know in case something was going to happen and they basically let me know that beginning of July they would be closing and not to tell anybody,” Apodaca said.

Apodaca said other employees who are waiting to be paid have been reaching out to him after not being able to contact the general manager or the owner.

“They just ask me what I know and they want to know how to get ahold of them -- I’m kinda the buffer in between and I just don’t know what to tell them anymore,” Apodaca said.

He said his final check that he never received was for around $1,000 and said he’s been dealing with penalty fees after his checks would bounce.

“They don’t really care what’s going on, like I have an electric bill that’s due and I’m gonna have to pay a penalty for being late but then I’m not going to be reimbursed for that, for no fault of my own I’m late on my electric bill,” Apodaca said.

Apodaca said he finally got in contact with the general manager who told him the checks were now out of his hands.

“He told me that the checks were not ready, he was not in charge of them anymore and his dad was in charge and had them and one of our coworkers I guess got ahold of Randy the owner and he hadn’t even done the checks and didn’t know when they’d be done,” Apodaca said.

After several attempts we finally got in touch with the owner who said he was working on the checks today. He didn’t have an answer as to when employees will be paid but agreed to speak with CBS4 Wednesday with that information.

We tried contacting him on Wednesday and he did not want to speak to us.

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions said none of the employees have submitted a formal complaint for not being paid.

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