Employee gets car impounded last weekend

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One of my employees shows up today and wants to talk to me about his situation. He gives me all the details about his windshield being cracked and he tells me he couldn’t afford to get it fixed, and because of that he couldn’t get his car tags without the windshield being fixed. He was hired to be an on-site technician. Over the weekend he gets pulled over for no tags on his car and they impound his car. He says he should have a car within a week to do on-sites. He has to buy another car because the original car was impounded and it will take 30 days to get out of impound at $23 per day. He tells me that 30 days in impound is required by Arizona law. Not sure about this law, but I don’t have time to check on it. Seems like a pretty severe penalty for a non moving violation. I can’t believe he let his tags lapse. He does have insurance. The tags on his car would cost at most $50 per year. He could have saved himself a ton of money by just paying the tags in the first place. The fines will be close to $300 to $400 plus the impounds. Pretty expensive mistake. In the meantime should I pay him and have him work in the store or should I send him home? What do you think?

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