Most people unhappy with their jobs have dreamt of handing in their notice in minute detail. In your head, the pivotal moment is well thought out, dramatic, poignant and has some serious mic drop vibes. In reality of course, it never seems to have quite the same adrenaline rush, however this group of (now ex-) Sonic restaurant workers gave it a very good shot.
The mass walk-out was a result of rumours that began to circulate regarding company plans after being bought out by corporate to reduce employee wages to $4 per hour, plus tips. That’s right – tips in a fast food joint.
Unsurprisingly, Circleville, Lancaster, and Grove City crews all quit at once but it was the way they did it which caused attention. They clearly wanted management to know their true feelings, so they made sure to include their upset in a very savage note.
The note read: “Due to terrible management, the whole store has quit. The company has been sold to people that don’t give a f**k about anyone but themselves. Sorry for the inconvenience, but our team refuses to work for a company that treats their employees like they are s**t when they have put everything into this [store]. We have worked to hard for to long. We are all off to better things. So to the New Owners F**K YOU! Sincerely, Ex Sonic Crew.”
Wow. They really didn’t mince their words!
Many waited for Sonic to respond and although initially their response was fairly positive, touching upon how new management would lead to positive changes, it soon became clear people wanted more answers.
The follow up statement read a little differently with Sonic denying that there were plans to decrease wages, stating, “No wage rates at any level decreased in this transition, although SONIC carhops often receive tips in addition to their wages. Additionally, employees may now have their paycheck direct deposited and general managers are now eligible for a new bonus program. SRI has increased the total number of employees at the eight drive-ins in the Columbus market and will continue to invest in employees, technology and infrastructure at these drive-ins in order to deliver outstanding guest service.”
We can’t confirm if Sonic management are telling the truth or whether they are trying to avoid a PR disaster, but something dodgy definitely went on to cause a mass walk-out.