Occupation: former restaurant manager
Last Seen: jail
Bee-otched For: modern-day slavery
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To some people in the south, slavery is alive
But, the law is the law.
Bobby Paul Edwards is serving a ten-year
jail sentence for forcing a mentally
challenged black man to work for no pay at the
restaurant he managed in Conway, South
Carolina, which is by Myrtle Beach, J&J
Cafeteria. He was sentenced in 2019 for
beating cook John Smith multiple times with a
belt and pots and pans and forced him to work
over 100 hours per week without pay.
Now, a judge has ordered Edwards to pay
Smith $546,000 for all the pain he caused him.
Originally, he was only ordered to pay him
$273,000, bit the Department of Justice ruled
that overtime compensation and the delay of
payment should be added to his
Smith, who has an IQ of 70, started working
at J&J when he was 12 in 1990. In 2009,
Edwards started managing the restaurant and
that's when the abuse began for Smith. Edwards
ordered Smith to live in an attached apartment
and ordered him to work without a day off.
According to court documents, Smith was not
allowed to take any time off. If he didn't
comply with Edwards' orders, he threatened
that he would be arrested.
According to court documents, Edwards would
dip metal tongs into hot oil and pressed it
onto Smith's neck. He would also punch Smith
and beat him with pots and pans. Smith's
family would even come visit and Edwards would
hide him because he had scars on his body.
Thankfully in 2014, a concerned waitress
finally spoke out and turned Edwards to a
In 2019, Edwards plead guilty for enslaving
Smith and was given a ten-year jail sentence.
With $546,000, Smith can live decently for a
good while. However, it will not erase the
scars he received from Edwards.
As for J&J Cafeteria, they are still in
business, though people have hounded Yelp with
negativity surrounding its racist legacy. It
might explain why it has no website or social
You know, it's a shame that I've heard it
all: bounced paychecks and abuse from bosses.
Hell, when I was a teen, I worked at a
restaurant myself and worked with a child
molester with mental issues. However, he
wasn't convicted yet, so he was still
The point is, is that I hope J&J has
been sold since and that if they have new
owners, they can return integrity into their
business. Otherwise, I wouldn't be eating
there if I were visiting Myrtle Beach. I hope
that Bobby Paul Edwards will rot in hell for
what he did and will receive torture worse
than what he gave Smith.
When slavery officially ended in 1863, some
people didn't get the message.
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