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Mangos clarifies rumors

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Several Mangos Mexican Restaurant employees observed last week's "Day Without Immigrants."

The catch? Their employer claims they failed to notify her before taking the day off.

Mangos Mexican Restaurant co-owner Teresa Figueroa admitted she's taken some heat since Friday for rumors of firing staff members. She clarified this with The Wilson Post on Monday.

Those are rumors, she said, maintaining that she didn't fire anyone.

Instead, three servers quit.

"I never fired them. I told them that they could stay," Figueroa said.

Business closed at the end of the day on Wednesday in normal fashion. Only one employee mentioned that they would not be present for work on Thursday due to the protest, according to Figueroa.

Figueroa said she was surprised on Thursday when the other servers didn't come to work.

"The way we work is our kitchen staff comes in at 8:30 in the morning to do food prep. The servers come in about 10 a.m.," she said. "On Thursday, nobody showed up. Nobody called. I texted them and nobody called me back."

Figueroa wasn't quite sure what to do. She posted on Facebook that the business was hiring. They were already in search of additional staff prior to the Thursday protest.

On Friday, three servers came in - but it wasn't to work, she said.

"I understand what they are doing, but at least tell me when you don't plan to be there. I told them that they could say, but next time to let me know so that I can be prepared," Figueroa said. "They told me they didn't want to work here (anymore)."

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