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Entire staffs quit at 3 Ohio Sonics after wages were sliced to $4 per hour, plus tips

Posted at 3:44 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 16:44:03-05

Sonic is having problems retaining employees at locations of the drive-thru chain across southern Ohio.

It started last weekend when all employees at the location in Circleville quit their jobs and announced their departure by a note taped to the restaurant’s front door, according to the food-centric blog  It cited “terrible management” as the main reason for their exodus.

The expletive-laden letter blames new owners who “don’t give a [expletive] about anyone but themselves” as the reason for the entire staff quitting, temporarily shutting down the store.

You can read the letter left by Circleville, Ohio employees here. Warning: this tweet contains some profanity.

Sonic staffers in nearby Lancaster also quit en masse, leaving a sign reading “Thank you, next,” as another team in Grove City also walked out.

The disagreement began after management lowered wages for some employees from the Ohio minimum wage of $8.55 per hour to $4 plus tips. The workers were irate because they were seldom tipped at the fast-food restaurant.

Also, Sonic’s regional director was fired in the area along with several other veteran managers.

The company has responded the locations now are “under new ownership and management” from a team that also operates other locations across the country.

They also say they would like to keep as many current employees at those locations as possible to ease the transition.

“We recognize that changes like this can be difficult for employees to understand and most current employees will have the opportunity to continue working at the drive-in,” the company’s note read.

Will these reports keep you from hitting a nearby location of the restaurant the next time you might have a craving for corn dogs, onion rings and slushes?