A street magician who quit his day job to perform at an
Auckland bar lost out on more than $2000 in wages when his
employer failed to pay him regularly.
Joseph Chin had a "regular" day job, but as he was performing
street magic during his lunch hour one day met Tuncer Sakgun
who offered Mr Chin a contract to work an Auckland bar he was
He was offered a job performing at Crow Bar for two hours on
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights for $80 an hour.
After Mr Chin signed an employment agreement he quit his day
job so "he could concentrate on doing the work that he
But from its opening in August last year there were
difficulties with payments, and by October Mr Chin was being
paid only once a fortnight.
By December he was owed $2000 and started looking for work
Mr Chin went to the Employment Relations Authority seeking
reimbursement for lost wages. Mr Sakgun did not show up to
Authority member James Crichton ruled that Mr Chin was owed
$2200 in unpaid wages and that Crow Bar must pay him.
But Mr Chin told APNZ he was not sure whether he would see
the money or not.
He said as soon as he started the job "it was all downhill".
However, he had not let this experience put him off his
magic, and had managed to pick up a lot of corporate work
Mr Sakgun did not return calls for comment.