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Paula Deen Restaurant

Sorry We Screwed You Over ...

But Here's Our Card!

4/4/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The employees at Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House weren't sent packing empty-handed ... TMZ has learned they were given a business card and a list of restaurants in the area that are hiring. Better than nothing, right?

As TMZ previously reported, Bubba's -- the restaurant at the center of the Paula Deen racist controversy -- closed down Thursday morning out of the blue ... with some employees finding out on Facebook and others hearing the news from the restaurant once they arrived at work.

One employee told us they were paid through Wednesday and got vacation pay along with  two weeks severance.

The employee said the whole ordeal was particularly hurtful, since so many staffers stuck up for the Deen family during the controversy -- some patrons threw food at them and they still defended Paula.

Oysters and employees -- they all get shucked.

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1.

Rigby    

Oh hell no. I would not stay and let people throw food at me... WTH

171 days ago
2.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

staffers stuck up for the Deen? Sucks for them then

171 days ago
3.

Cartman    

TMZ should be happy. Wasn't the idea to put them out of business?

But it's their fault they can't keep paying people.

Typical liberal hippy way of thinking how business works, lol

171 days ago
4.

KellyBFan    

you should never defend a capitalist ... they are the worst exploiters of working people and inhuman

170 days ago
5.

ASHY LARRY    

Sniff-sniff,I'd B lovin Dat Paula Deen,her fried chicken & watermelon it...it...it B Da best!

170 days ago
6.

karlew    

It sucks, but businesses close all the time. You guys makes it sound like Deen left heremployees high and dry. That just isn't the case. They were paid up to date and got their vacation and severance pay. How many employees working at a failed business end up with nothing? Sorry but it is not the employers responsibility to keep losing money just so they can keep their employees working. There comes a point that no matter how much you might appreciate your employees, that you just have to close shop. Yes some notice would have been nice, but they did get their severance pay in lieu of notice. As I said this happens everyday and I don't see TMZ getting all upset about that, but just let it be Paula Deen and Harv is all over her.

170 days ago
7.

Greg    

It's terrible the way employers treat their employees these days. Like garbage.

170 days ago
8.

CremeBrulee    

If TMZ shut down I wonder how they would treat their employees?

170 days ago
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DiM    

Restos, while it's unfortunate, have to close down ALL the time - such a non-story. Wish the ex-employees plenty of luck!!

170 days ago
10.

EggsOverEasy    

Bubba bye!

170 days ago
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Cecilia     

It sucks they have to look for new work and all - but they got completely paid AND two weeks severance. That is NOT being left high and dry. In fact, that is rather nice and more than most companies would do when closing.

170 days ago
12.

HngBlkBtm    

Old Krusty Krab...

170 days ago
13.

Golden Boy    

Hell yeah! Paula lost her shop? This calls for a celebration. Tonight I'm gon' f**k me a white girl

170 days ago
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Canigetawitness    

Everyone has personal battles.. EVERYONE !

170 days ago
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Readhead9393    

Well it already sucks that they brushed the employees off with some severance money, paid vacation and a business card to top it all off. But shouldn't have they seen this coming, when the still decided to work with one of the most hated women in America?

170 days ago
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