Hendersonville Chick-fil-A is going through intense on-line criticism after issuing a callout on social media for volunteers to work the restaurant’s new drive-thru specific.
The fast-food rooster restaurant, positioned at 52 Highlands Sq. Drive, promised entrees as a substitute of financial compensation.
“We’re on the lookout for volunteers for our new Drive Via Specific!” the Hendersonville Chick-fil-A mentioned in a Fb put up that has since been deleted after a flood of damaging feedback.
The put up from earlier this week mentioned volunteers would earn 5 free entrees per shift (one hour) labored, and requested these to message for particulars.
Hendersonville Chick-fil-A has declined to remark, and directed all media inquiries to the company press room. Questions submitted to the company group weren’t answered as of Wednesday night.
The Chick-fil-A Fb web page has been attracting feedback on the matter, even after limiting who can touch upon the web page’s posts. A put up that includes a back-of-house worker holding a younger youngster consuming an ice cream cone acquired feedback reminiscent of “Discovered a volunteer that works for ice cream as a substitute of sandwiches? It’s even cheaper. Remember there are youngster labor legal guidelines on this nation.” One other mentioned, “Man these volunteers certain are younger!”
One-star Google opinions of the Highlands Sq. location additionally began to pour in on Wednesday.
A thread on Reddit, a preferred social information discussion board and dialogue web site, containing a screenshot of the put up gained huge consideration and acquired practically 18,000 interactions and about 2,700 feedback by Wednesday afternoon.
The highest commenter requested, “There’s a lot flawed right here I don’t know the place to begin. However initially: Why not simply (give) cash as a substitute of vouchers? Aren’t they greater than the minimal wage?”
The incident has additionally gained nationwide media consideration, together with an on-line article on Vice. Along with mentioning the identical Chick-fil-A used to make use of Rep. Madison Cawthorn, the information outlet identified that Chick-fil-A is a “massively in style fast-food chain whose homeowners are price roughly $14 billion…” and linked to a June 2021 article from Enterprise Insider that highlighted the Cathys, the household behind the rooster chain restaurant.
The Hendersonville areas are franchised. Joel Benson is the restaurant proprietor for each Hendersonville Chick-fil-A areas, 640 Spartanburg Freeway and 52 Highlands Sq. Drive.
Whereas the restaurant is now looking for volunteer labor, Hendersonville’s Chick-fil-A gained consideration final summer time after proudly asserting pay raises for workers. The franchise mentioned full-time staff would begin at $19 per hour beginning Aug. 23, 2021. That was a soar from the earlier April, when Chick-fil-A Hendersonville had promised employees $15 per hour. Not all staff have been eligible for the $19 charge although. Staff who have been 14 or 15 began at $12 per hour, and part-time staff at $14.
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