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Teen says she was scooped out of pay

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“I'm 16 and I'm a junior," Stephanie Saavedra said. 

Saavedra is an honors student, but despite her good grades in high school, she said she was determined to find a part-time job.

“I was looking for a job, mostly to learn responsibility and how to handle money," she said.  

Saavedra found a job at a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop located just off of 40th Street and Camelback Road. It's a franchise owned by Eric McCarthy.

According to Saavedra, she was hired to serve ice cream and wait on customers.

“I was excited and I was proud of myself," she said. 

She was even more excited when she got her first paycheck. However, that excitement turned to disappointment when she tried to cash that paycheck at the bank where Baskin-Robbins has its account.

"I personally was embarrassed because I was all ready to get my money and go shopping, and for them to say, 'Oh, we can't cash it - there's no money' is pretty devastating," Saavedra said.  

According to Saavedra, she went to the bank several times but was always told that the Baskin-Robbins account was no good.

"I just feel like it's just kinda there taunting me because it basically has no worth at this point," Saavedra said of her paycheck. 

Saavedra said she was frustrated with not being paid but continued to work for a few more weeks, hoping to accumulate more money on top of the check she was already owed. However, when she still couldn't get her hard-earned money, she quit.

“I wasn't just gonna sit there and waste my time and just work for free," she said.  

Saavedra said she has one Baskin-Robbins paycheck that the bank says is no good and is owed another.  She said she's owed more than $300 for 44 hours of work on top of that paycheck she can't cash.

“I worked for free," she said. 

The teen and her aunt, Anna Saavedra, said they have tried contacting the shop numerous times and even reached out to McCarthy.

“I tried to contact him. He didn't care," Stephanie Saavedra said.   

3 On Your Side located an Internet video of McCarthy talking about owning a franchise ice cream store. We got a hold of him. 

At first, he apologized for the incident, calling it a "mix-up" and claiming there would be money in the bank account so Stephanie Saavedra could cash her first paycheck, which she did. 
But what about the second check she's owed? According to McCarthy, he can't find any documentation indicating she worked those 44 hours. Instead, he issued her a check for $79 for the hours he could document.
McCarthy told 3 On Your Side that if Stephanie Saavedra doesn't like it, she can file a complaint with the state's labor board. To make matters worse, Stephanie Saavedra said that the $79 check she did get can't even be cashed because, once again, the bank said the Baskin-Robbins account is no good.

“I feel like he's taking advantage of us because we're naive about this, and for me it was my first job, so I have no idea what to do. I'm just like honestly really sad," she said. 

It should be noted that McCarthy declined to sit down with 3 On Your Side to discuss this issue. Stephanie Saavedra said she will likely file a complaint.

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