Some Ramada Inn employees and customers are looking for answers after the hotel on Two Notch Road shut down suddenly.
Richland County, SC (WLTX) - Some Ramada Inn employees and customers are looking for answers after the hotel on Two Notch Road shut down suddenly.
Employees say they haven't gotten paid and customers have been showing up looking for refunds on their deposits.
"It's sad. Why would they do this? Or how could this happen," said employee Stacey Knight. Knight and her coworkers are without a job and without a paycheck. They say the owners of the Ramada Inn closed for business, padlocking the doors shut.
"You will get your money. That's all we heard. We haven't got our money yet," said employee Craig Tucker.
Another employee, Larry Tucker was assistant chief engineer. "I'm very angry. Very upset,"said Tucker. While employees wait to get paid, customers are looking for refunds on their reservations.
"There was one lady in particular that made a deposit for a family reunion, $1100, and she wanted her money back," said another employee. Many of the employees say they suspected something was wrong weeks ago.
"They (owners) had us making up stuff about the sewer line being broken or something was wrong with one of the rooms," said the employee.
Then just days ago, they say the guests, mostly military personnel were told to find another place to stay.
Meanwhile employees say the hotel owners, Renu and Happy Sikand and the hotel manager are giving them the runaround.
"She's (manager) telling me they are going to mail our checks but they don't know when,"said Tyleshi Jones.
For now, employees and customers are left in limbo. "all you did to us was just throw us to the curb and not worry about our health and welfare and taking care of our families,"said Tucker.
News 19 left both phone and email messages for the Sikands. None of our messages were returned.
We even called the phone number posted on a door at the hotel. The man who answered said he was a cousin to the Sikands.
He would not say if the Sikands were having financial problems. He also would not say anything about why the employees were not getting paid or customers were not getting refunds.
We've learned the Sikands had a government contract to house military personnel in the hotel. With the hotel closing its doors, we understand that contract has been voided.
According to Richland County tax records, the Sikands operated the hotel under the name Good Image Hospitality Incorporated.
Officials say the business was up to date on taxes, paying $112,323.76 in 2008 and $139,209.29 in 2009.
The address listed for the business is at 2449 Nalin Drive in Los Angeles, California. According to documents, the property is a 6,142 square foot, single family residence valued at $2,560,500.