Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Edmonton Company Lays off All Cashiers after $1M in Parking Fees Stolen

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Edmonton Company Lays off All Cashiers after $1M in Parking Fees Stolen

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Parking cashiers fired after $1M in fees stolen

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EDMONTON - An Edmonton group that runs several venues, including the NHL arena Rexall Place, has laid off all its parking cashiers.

An internal memo sent to employees of Northlands says two audits found "compelling evidence" that 12 to 19 per cent of parking transactions were kept by attendants.

In a statement, Northlands says that finding the culprits would cost the organization another $400,000, so instead it laid off all cashiers and supervisors -- about 30 in total.

"Due to the systemic nature of the issue, Northlands decided to relieve the cashiers of their duties and have outsourced all parking cashier services," president and CEO Tim Reid said in an email statement.

Employees were given severance pay but many are upset about the way Northlands handled the problem.

"I feel insulted," said Sara Pollard. "I've never been labelled a thief. I can't believe I've been labelled a thief."

Pollard also questions whether the money was even stolen. …

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