Chick-fil-A slammed after offering to pay workers in sandwiches

Chick-fil-A fans are on the wane after one of its restaurants offered to pay employees entirely in chicken sandwiches instead of money.

The Hendersonville, North Carolina, restaurant posted a Facebook message saying it was looking for volunteers to work its drive-thru for an hour in exchange for five free entrees per shift.

The Facebook post, which has now been deleted, sparked controversy on social media as people began criticizing Chick-fil-A for the payment arrangement.

While it’s common practice for restaurants to offer workers a free meal when they work, it’s not common to pay with food alone.

In response to the criticism, the Hendersonville Chick-fil-A published a response in the comments section of the now-deleted Facebook post captured by Today.

“Thank you for everyone’s concern on this matter. This is a volunteer-based opportunity, meaning people can choose to volunteer if they feel it would be a good fit for them. We have several people who sign up and enjoy doing it and have done it several times. People who register for it have chosen it voluntarily. We are still hiring full-time and part-time team members. So if you are interested in working in our store, we pay $19 an hour.”

A Chick-fil-A spokesman told The Washington Post that the restaurant has since ended the program, adding, “Most of the restaurants are privately owned and operated by individuals, and it was a program at a privately owned restaurant. This is not endorsed by Chick-fil-A, Inc..”

The Hendersonville restaurant’s operator, Joel Benson, also posted a message on Facebook Thursday night about the meal-for-work program, which has since also been deleted but was caught by Today.

Benson wrote in part: “After carefully reviewing the claims and other details that have been brought to our attention, as you may have done, we have decided to terminate this program and not proceed further.

He continued, “We’re always looking for fun and creative ways to engage our devoted fans and positively impact our community and team members. Unfortunately, this time we instead brought unnecessary negativity and misplaced regional/national attention to our city. I apologize for this and will continue to make every effort to treat our guests with honor, dignity and respect. This idea was a bit too creative and the consequences were unintended.”

The restaurant has seemingly restricted who can comment on its public Facebook posts since the backlash erupted.


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