Marietta man picketing former employer

By: Paige Tebow Email
By: Paige Tebow Email

MARIETTA, Okla. -- A Love County man is exercising his first amendment right to force his employer to pay up, but that employer says she doesn't owe him a penny.

If you've driven through downtown Marietta, you may have seen Tony Payne picketing in front of an abandoned building.

He says the owner hired him to do construction work, but didn't pull through with a check.

She has a different story.

Chun Castern says she was working in her soon to be wig shop one night when Payne stopped by begging for a job. She said she would consider hiring him if he dropped off a resume and showed her his electrician skills.

He never did that, but she gave him $120 to get him on his feet.

Payne says he fixed her ceiling fans, buffed the floors, and hung lights- but never saw a dime. He took her to small claims court, and the judge sided with him.

Tony Payne says he is, "standing up for my rights, others…. Can't move to small town and rip people off like that."

Business owner Chun Castern says otherwise.

"This man… I thought I was helping him, not bringing me a nightmare you know."

Payne says he'll keep picketing until Castern pays up and has considered putting a lien on her building.

Castern is thinking about hiring a lawyer, but says she'll never trust anyone to work for her again.


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  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on May 21, 2007 at 06:17 PM
    thisisamerica- hate to tell you this, but both parties in this dispute are American citizens. He is using his first Amendment rights in a unique way to protest his alleged (I say alleged, because unless it is proven or debunked in a court of law it really cannot be stated as fact) mistreatment/lack of payment from someone he allegedly did work for. This dispute between two American citizens will be settled in an American court under American laws. So, where are you coming from in your argument? Let the courts decide.
  • by anonymous Location: sherman on May 21, 2007 at 04:33 PM
    sounds to me like a fraud happening here, this guy begs for a job , gets it plus $120.00 to get on his feet . then all happens and he is legal savy about putting a lein on the building? something going south here.put your wallets in a vault around this guy!
  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2007 at 07:44 AM
    if the american government would help its own people as much as it helps people from other countries i don`t think things like this would happen
  • by this is america Location: america on May 21, 2007 at 06:25 AM
    This is what happens when people from other countries come in here....they think we Americans owe them something!
  • by Texoma Location: GC on May 20, 2007 at 09:33 AM
    Get a life dude
  • by Carol Location: Gene Autry, Ok on May 19, 2007 at 07:39 PM
    Good for Mr. Payne - I've always admired people that have the courage and fortitude to stand up for their rights.
  • by Anonymous Location: Durant on May 18, 2007 at 09:02 PM
    This is sad. One of these people must have a pattern for this type of deceitful behavior. Did she really say: NEVER TRUST ANYONE TO "WORK FOR HER" AGAIN? That would be odd if she claims he did not work for her.
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