Heather Lowrie is wondering why — on her last night of employment, at a restaurant whose closing had been widely announced in advance — a patron would steal more than $200 from her service pouch and more than $400 from her purse, along with her cell phone, a string of pearls and a valuable wine key given to her by a friend since deceased.
Heather was a server at Merenda Restaurant & Wine Bar, which locked its doors late Sunday night. The three amigos behind the bar, Rod, Marcus and Eric, announced last call around 9 o’clock. Chef-owner Jody Denton invited a significant handful of “family and friends” to dawdle as he made a farewell toast to the restaurant.
“I hope that their purchases be as empty as their hearts,” said Heather, who was rightfully devastated by the incident.
Heather is 33, a happy and hard-working woman with a husband and children at home, and a positive spiritual outlook on life. The theft of $600 hurts. But she said the loss of the irreplaceable gift hurts most of all.