And this is why nobody wanted to go back to their shitty, low-paying jobs. https://t.co/OQ021StFzI
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) March 25, 2022
Mine is the opposite of a sophisticated palate, but Applebee’s is one chain restaurant we don’t patronize, because the food is naaaaasty. I know that corners must be cut to serve the economic Golden Triangle (Fast, cheap, good: choose any two), but not every dish should taste like it’s been marinated in high-fructose corn syrup and then dressed with an entire shaker of salt. Also, if you’re gonna microwave entrees, make sure they don’t reach the customers still frozen in the center. (On the other hand, I always heard their cocktails praised as ‘generous pours’, so…)
Per the Kansas City Star:
… A spokesman for AFC said the email sent from Wayne Pankratz to other company officials does not reflect the company’s position. Pankratz’s LinkedIn page says he is executive director of operations for Applebee’s restaurants.
“Most of our employee base and potential employee base live paycheck to paycheck,” Pankratz wrote fellow executives on March 6. “Any increase in gas prices cuts into their disposable income. As inflation continues to climb and gas prices continue to go up, that means more hours employees will need to work to maintain their current level of living.”
He went on to say that those rising costs, and the fact that people have run out of government stimulus money and extended unemployment benefits, will work to the advantage of companies like AFC.
Furthermore, he wrote, the company’s small, mom-and-pop competitors are going to face some tough choices under the current business conditions and will either have to raise prices or pay employees less to hit their profit margins.
“Some businesses will not be able to hold on,” Pankratz wrote. “This is going to drive more potential employees into the hiring pool.”
As that happens, employees won’t be able to demand the $18 to $20 an hour many were getting when the demand for workers outstripped supply.
“The labor market is about to turn in our favor,” Pankratz concluded. “What can you do? Besides hiring employees in at a lower wage to decrease our labor (when able) make sure you have a pulse on the morale of your employees. …
pig pulse, Pankratz!
AFC, based in Atlanta with offices in Kansas City, owns more than 100 Applebee’s and Taco Bell restaurants in the Midwest.
AFC spokesman Scott Fischer said the email does not reflect the company’s policies or culture and that the author of the email has no authority to issue any company directives related to hiring.
“He doesn’t have the authority to create policy for our company for the brand or anything. … Maybe he wrote it in the middle of the night. I don’t know,” Fischer said. ”The main message here is that this in absolutely no way, shape, or form speaks to our policies or our culture, or anything like that with our brand.”…
American Franchise Capital owns and manages Taco Bell and Applebee’s restaurants in nine states with annual sales in excess of $200 million, according to its LinkedIn page. The company had 329 job openings on its webpage Wednesday.
It’s not clear if those openings included the jobs vacated by three out of the six managers at an Applebee’s in Lawrence who quit this week after seeing the Pankratz email, according to the Lawrence Journal-World. That restaurant was closed Tuesday as a result, but had reopened by Wednesday…
Tsk. These capitalists sometimes say the quiet part out loud. @Applebees doesn’t want to pay workers. It wants to pay executives and shareholders. #BoycottApplebees until they value employees as much as investors!https://t.co/d1XrXeBZLe
— Charlie Galvin ??? (@cxarli) March 26, 2022
… Applebee’s workers earn an average hourly wage of $11.76 an hour, according to Payscale. That’s far below the average hourly pay of $17.22 an hour earned by people working in the leisure and hospitality sector in February, according to the most recent government data. Wages in the sector have jumped by 14% from a year earlier…
The CEO of Dine Brands, which owns Applebee’s, took home an estimated $6.7 million in 2021.
The company increased weekly sales 12.6% from 2019 and reported $19.8 million in net income last quarter.
The CEO also told CNBC it’s looking to replace workers with robots: pic.twitter.com/yZUOX4Aubb
— More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) March 25, 2022
Notably, #Applebees was the vector of an E. coli outbreak in MN, and fought a case all the way to the NH Supreme Court from a man who suffered permanent, life-altering effects from a salmonella infection. They tried to blame his pet lizard.https://t.co/SFvLyjdgUP
— Devin Nunes' Alt-Mom (@NunesAlt) March 26, 2022
Now onto the working conditions and employees. If you work for #Applebees or #IHop, you should know that they have been sued numerous times for sexual harassment, discrimination, and shady wage practices. They won't tell you this.https://t.co/qRxr19yO2R
— Devin Nunes' Alt-Mom (@NunesAlt) March 26, 2022