Customers who were craving Sonic last week in Circleville, Ohio, were in for a rude awakening when they arrived at the burger joint. In an unusual display, the Sonic was left empty by its staff, with the doors locked and the lights left on.
Staff members of the Sonic left their reasoning for leaving the restaurant unattended in a note on the front door. The note addressed to customers stated that the Sonic was under new management, and due to bad treatment towards their employees, the staff decided to quit their jobs en masse.
The Circleville restaurant wasn’t the only staffless Sonic in the Columbus area last week. As a nearby Sonic restaurant in Grove City and a nearby Sonic in Lancaster both had employees totally desert their shifts and quit as a rebuke of new management.
It is rumored that wages were cut for employees of the Sonic franchises in the Circleville area. But in an interview with MUNCHIES, Sonic communications manager Kyle Lankford denied the claim with this statement:
No wage rates at any level have decreased in this transition. Of course, Sonic carhops often receive tips in addition to their wages
The note posted on the door of the Circleville Sonic read:
Warning, due to terrible management the whole store has quit. The company has been sold to people that don’t give a f*** 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*** when they have put everything into this story. We have worked too hard for too long. We are all off to better things. So to the new owners f*** you! Sincerely Ex Sonic crew
The entire workforce at the Sonic in Circleville, Ohio just quit en masse to protest their new management and workers least two other Sonics in the area did the same. Check out the lovely note the Circleville workers left. pic.twitter.com/onSNUMImMb
A Sonic spokesperson had this to say about the tumultuous situation caused by a rift between new owners and former staff members:
Under new management, guests and the community can look forward to improved service and the famous food, beverages and treats for which Sonic is known. Employees working for the local drive-in can look forward to fun, fast-paced work on which they can build a career, if they choose. Most current employees will have the opportunity to continue to work at the drive-in under the new ownership.