Is Flavor Flav Giving His Chicken Joint Employees Rubber Checks?

Workers say the rapper-turned-reality star is already bouncing payroll checks.

Posted: 04/04/2011 02:05 PM EDT
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As if Flavor Flav opening up a chicken joint wasn’t a big enough stereotype, now employees are claiming that their paychecks are no good.  

Disgruntled workers of Flav's Fried Chicken told WQAD news station in Clinton, Iowa, that they couldn’t get paid because banks wouldn’t cash their checks. One worker informed them that even the issuing bank wouldn’t touch her check—for only $150—and instead of getting cash, she got a notarized letter saying funds were unavailable.

Co-owner Nick Cimino blamed the payment problem on a “credit-card glitch,” that he noted is currently fized; Flav chalked the chatter up to plain old jealousy. “It's not true information, first of all,” said the star. “And second of all, maybe these are people that's just jealous of me being here and probably want to see me out. Yes, we do have money in our accounts."

The eatery, which is the first in a planned chain of fast-food fried chicken restaurants, opened on January 24.