Amidst the back-and-forth tales of Jardine’s firing its entire staff lies a single, glaring contradiction…
The local news media – including this site – bought into and reported that owner Beena Raja had fired the Plaza jazz club’s entire staff. That fifteen people had been unceremoniously turned out on the streets right ahead of the holidays.
Nevermind that none of that had been confirmed with Jardine’s. Or later, when Raja was finally cornered she denied it, saying the general manager/cook had resigned, two staffers had been fired and another walked out. Not surprisingly a local waiter blogger championed the staff firing story without even attempting to contact Raja.
Worse yet, a local TV news organization that has lead much of the news charge on Jardine’s woes employs a reporter who’s daughter worked at Jardine’s and is alleged to have been among the three servers Raja found drinking for free at 4 a.m. Thanksgiving morning.
None of the stories I’ve seen disclosed that potential conflict to viewers.
Now let’s get to the heart of the matter.
Was the entire staff fired or is it possible, as Raja maintains, that a handful of disgruntled staffers who quit or were fired told the remaining staff not to show up at the club because everybody had been fired?
Enter concerned Raytown mom Deidra Foley Sexton whose son has worked at Jardine’s for the past year and a half, earning his way through college. Against her better judgement – but in the interest of fair play – Sexton agreed to tell the other side of the story.
Did her son get fired by Raja?
"No he did not," Sexton says. "He never got a phone call saying he was fired. His friends from work called him and said everybody was just fired, so he assumed that he was fired."
Sexton says she’s familiar with Raja’s partying rep, but has no knowledge of her alleged outbursts of temper.
"I think she’s shown a lot of kindness until this situation," Sexton says. "My son’s worked there a year and a half and I’ve never heard him say she was a terrible boss.
"I feel so sorry for her. When this first started I didn’t understand what had happened and I was just so angry at Beena, like how could she do that? And now that I understand more about it, I just feel so sorry for her."