May 11, 2004 |
Not often is a middle-aged woman seen hopping in public, yet there was Mary Ann Seems, bouncing on her toes yesterday in a Bucks County convenience store, her fists quivering in post-lottery fever. "This is so exciting!" exclaimed Seems, 47, of Titusville, N.J. "I don't care who it is; it's in our neighborhood!" Seems lives just across the Delaware River from Washington Crossing, where a Cumberland Farms store last week sold the richest winning lottery ticket so far in Pennsylvania history.
October 6, 1995 |
The old line about being a one-stoplight town doesn't quite apply here. Wenonah is one stoplight shy of the cutoff. The only red light anyone stops at in Wenonah is the glowing, backlit, pedestal sign of the One Stop Shoppe, at Mantua and West Avenues. Because usage on the site hasn't changed, it's immune to zoning laws prohibiting large or freestanding signs. In this picture-postcard town, the corner has always stood out like an unmade bed in a Marine barracks. According to residents and borough officials, the property has evolved from a gas station (the tanks are still underground)
September 9, 1993 |
A federal judge yesterday approved a $5.5 million settlement between the Cumberland Farms convenience store chain and thousands of former cashiers who said they were falsely accused of stealing. It was a moment of triumph for Lance Curley. Seven years ago, Curley, a Haddonfield computer programmer, was falsely accused of stealing more than $1,000 from the Cumberland Farms store where he was a part-time, temporary cashier. Curley and three other cashiers sued - claiming that for years the chain had systematically accused employees of theft and then extorted thousands of dollars or brought criminal charges against employees who refused to pay. Curley's suit, filed as a class action, accused the company of extortion, fraud and racketeering.
June 25, 1993 |
Former cashiers who said they had been falsely accused of theft have reached a $5.5 million out-of-court settlement with the Cumberland Farms convenience store chain. The settlement will be announced jointly by Cumberland Farms and attorneys for the former cashiers, Dennis Faucher, one of the plaintiffs' attorneys, said yesterday. The settlement was the result of a 1986 lawsuit against Cumberland Farms. Former cashiers said the company had falsely accused them of theft on the job, forced them to pay Cumberland Farms thousands of dollars in restitution and, in some instances, brought criminal charges against employees who refused to pay the money.
May 10, 1992 |
Lance Curley still gets a burning sensation in his gut when he drives by a Cumberland Farms convenience store. Six years ago, Curley, a computer programmer who worked part time as a cashier, said he was falsely accused by Cumberland Farms of pilfering $1,300. He and a dozen other cashiers subsequently filed a class-action lawsuit against the chain in U.S. District Court in Camden. Eventually, similar suits were filed in Florida, Vermont and Massachusetts - all accusing Cumberland Farms of interrogating its cashiers with false accusations of theft, then demanding repayment.
May 2, 1992 |
Convenience-store chain Cumberland Farms Inc. filed for bankruptcy-court protection from creditors yesterday as efforts to restructure its debt fell apart. Hurt by the recession and slumping real estate values, the privately held company had been trying for several months to work out a new arrangement with its lenders, said Foster Macrides, vice president for human relations. But the restructuring fell through when the firm's biggest lender, Industrial Bank of Japan Trust Co., rejected the plan, Macrides said.
December 16, 1990 |
Cumberland Farms has apparently stopped interrogating employees for alleged theft, coercing them into signing confessions and forcing them to pay the company money, according to recent reports from store employees and attorneys. The employees and attorneys say that no Cumberland Farms cashiers have been interrogated or asked to sign a confession of theft since about September. The Inquirer has reported that since 1976, 30,000 Cumberland Farms employees were fired after being called in for questioning by company security officials.
December 14, 1990 |
A Florida prosecutor who set out to press theft charges against a Cumberland Farms cashier is now investigating whether the convenience-store chain systematically coerced confessions from employees and extorted payments of thousands of dollars. The prosecutor, Michael Rubin, assistant state attorney for Martin County, said yesterday that his office was conducting a criminal investigation to learn whether Cumberland Farms routinely brought false charges against its own employees and extorted money from them.
November 14, 1990 |
A Florida prosecutor said yesterday that he would not seek extradition of a former Cumberland Farms cashier who said she was falsely accused of theft by the convenience store's security officials. Shirley Wells DiSalvo, 22, of Magnolia, Del., was nine months pregnant in August when she was picked up by Delaware State Police, imprisoned for five days and threatened with extradition to face trial in a theft that allegedly occurred four years ago in Florida. At a hearing in Dover, Del., yesterday, DiSalvo, who has since given birth to a boy, was told Florida officials would not seek her extradition.
October 13, 1990 |
Attorneys for former Cumberland Farms employees have asked a federal court to declare as fact - before trial - that the company had a long-standing policy to coerce employees into signing false confessions of theft. In court papers filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Camden, Fredric J. Gross, lead counsel for 14 former employees, also accused the company of violating a court order by withholding crucial records. A hearing is scheduled for next Friday. Gross also asked U.S. District Judge Stanley S. Brotman to appoint a special attorney to go through all computer and paper files at the convenience store chain's Canton, Mass.