Park City frozen yogurt store’s tip jar stolen, a ‘callous case’
Joe Kim was working by himself at his family’s Yodipity frozen yogurt store inside The Market at Park City on a recent day as the tip jar started to fill.
A family earlier in the day tipped well, leaving the cash visible in the jar, he remembered. The tip jar disappeared by later in the day, stolen by someone who apparently spent time inside the grocery store considering whether to take the money, the store manager of The Market at Park City said.
Kim said there was between $35 and $50 in the jar at the time it was taken. It was not a large sum of money, but it is an unusual case in Park City and one that left the frozen yogurt store and the grocer upset with the loss of the cash.
“Why do you have to be like that,” Kim said about the person who took the tip jar, adding, “It’s my hard-working money. Someone who is not willing to work coming in and taking it, it’s not fair.”
Yodipity replaced the jar, which looked like a pineapple, with a cup for tips shortly after the disappearance of the jar. The cup was labeled the “Good Karma Jar” and appeared to contain at least several dollars in the middle of the afternoon on Monday.
The Park City Police Department continues to investigate the case, reported on Feb. 19 at 3:26 p.m. Phil Kirk, a police captain, said the person took the tip jar and left the store. A surveillance camera captured images of the person taking the jar, Kirk said.
Kirk said the surveillance footage shows a man wearing a blue coat taking the jar, putting it into a black backpack and leaving. The jar was located close to the cash register at the time it was taken, he said. The captain said investigators have leads in the case.
“Any kind of theft is bad. This one is pretty callous, I would say,” Kirk said.
Yodipity occupies space in The Market at Park City but is under different ownership than the grocery store. It is situated in a part of the store that sells prepared food rather than groceries, and there is seating available for Yodipity customers and others who purchased prepared food.
The store manager at The Market at Park City, Rush Hotchkiss, said the loss of the tip jar “kind of ticks me off.” Hotchkiss reviewed the surveillance footage, saying the person was in the store for approximately 30 minutes before the jar was taken. The person walked back and forth repeatedly before taking the jar, Hotchkiss said the surveillance footage showed.
“He grabs the tip jar, drops it into his bag, backpack, and walks off,” he said.
Hotchkiss said the cash in the tip jar is significant to the Kim family.
“They work hard. They’re over there for 12 hours. Every little bit they make is important to them,” Hotchkiss said.
Anybody with information about the case may call the Police Department at 615-5500 or the department’s anonymous-tip line, 615-5847.
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