Restaurant owners say employees stealing to support drug habit

CAMP HILL, Pa. (WHTM) – Managers at Gullifty’s Restaurant put in security cameras after they say employees stole an estimated tens of thousands of dollars to support their drug habits.

“The whole problem is at epidemic proportions at this point,” Gullifty’s general manager Thad Eisenhower said.

The drug epidemic is causing epidemic problems at Gullifty’s.

“We’ve had people steal entire cases of steaks,” Eisenhower said. “We’ve had people steal gallons of milk, all kinds of different things.”

Eisenhower said employees sold the steaks on the black market to get drug money, and he’s also caught employees stealing cash and alcohol.

“We’re finding more and more people that are coming through that are either hiding their addiction, then you find out that they are, and by that time they’ve stolen food from you or stolen money from you, or whatever it is to keep their addiction going,” Eisenhower said.

It’s a similar situation at Flinchy’s.

“If a cook goes down, I’m in trouble,” Flinchy’s owner Matt Flinchbaugh said.

It’s trouble after employees, Flinchbaugh says are addicted to drugs, stop showing up for work.

“You have to scramble,” Flinchbaugh said. “You have to get cooks. You have call people. Firing people leaves you a man down or a woman down.”

Eisenhower also had to fire employees and says he’s filed charges against a few workers.

“A lot of times, it’s not worth the time and money that goes into it,” Eisenhower said.

Eisenhower knows the effects of the drug epidemic all too well.

“Just recently, we lost a girl, a young girl from Camp Hill to drug addiction, and it was really sad to watch,” Eisenhower said.

Lower Allen Township police tell ABC27 News about half of the thefts they investigate are drug related.

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