Reno restaurant speaks out about toy drive drama

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Updated: 12/06/2012 5:18 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & - The Reno business at the center of a toy drive controversy is speaking after earlier declining to comment about claims they served as a donation drop off point but gave away gifts to their own customers instead.

A company spokesperson or Lili’s Restaurant and Cantina says the restaurant has its own toy drive and never agreed to work with Cops and Robbers this year.

“I think it's just a big misunderstanding here from two organizations that are just tryig to do the right thing,” said Lili’s Marie Lopez.

One of cops-robbers drive leaders Kaci Mitchel says the restaurant was clearly on-board before and she's not sure why the story's changing now.

“The restaurant agreed. They had a barrel there for us to donate our toys in,” Mitchel said.

Despite this setback, Cops and Robbers says so many donations have come in now they should be able to serve double the amount of kids they originally hoped for. The gifts will be given away the Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center during the annual Cops vs. Robbers basketball game which starts at 12:30 Saturday.
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SkiBum - 12/8/2012 10:53 AM
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Kenzie, You are posting that same stuff in many places, do you reject any notion that your management where you are a waitress actually may have misled this young man, and you are being fed nonsense, or just don't wan't to believe it? The story Marie tells is not credible, they did the wrong thing, and now they are covering up and actuallt lying it seems.

wrecking808 - 12/7/2012 4:45 PM
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i will NEVER dine at that restaurant. they are criminals who gave away something that never belonged to them. and in my eyes and the eyes of the law, that is stealing. they should pay up for what they gave away and be investigated just as any other criminal case is.

me2510 - 12/7/2012 11:24 AM
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I have never dined there and don't think I ever will. I bet Lili's employes wont need to spend much money on Christmas this year will they!

Smoh121212 - 12/6/2012 11:29 PM
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So they (lili's) are saying they never thought to stop and ask who the toys belonged to before just giving them out?? Yeah?! Or better yet, they didnt question a big barrel showing up in their restaraunt?? This argument is so illogical it's ridiculous! Does this woman think we are all idiots?? I will never dine there again, I am so disgusted by their actions. But I am glad the community has come together to support this program.

kenzieme - 12/6/2012 9:29 PM
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There are two sides to every story. Perhaps, it was poor planning on Marcus Woods' part. If he can't organize a simple agreement, maybe he shouldn't be organizing anything at all. Now, he has led a misconstrued perception of Lili's. I'd like to see a written agreement between Woods and the owner of Lili's. If he cannot provide one, who is to say that spoken word is a credible agreement for it can be easily misinterpreted. Lili's is still providing the toys, "claimed" by Marcus Woods to other credible organizations. Woods claimed to have dropped off fliers at Lili's. This being said, Lili's allows its customers who own other businesses in the community to leave business cards and fliers for their respective places of business and organizations at the register area. This helps link locals. Point being is that anyone can leave anything. Woods' has passed the blame of his own faltering mistake to a local business who is just trying to survive like so many others. Please help clarify the misunderstanding. Happy Holidays!

SkiBum - 12/6/2012 9:10 PM
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Lili's is seemingly inhabited by scumbag management.

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