• aE Feb 23,2019 W
T he 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.
They cut workers pay from min wage to $4.00
$4.00 USD. Plus tips. TIPS. AT A FAST
FOOD JOINT.
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    • Top comments are both wrong, you can legally be paid less than minimum wage if you are paid tip share. The problem is sonic doesnt do tips on credit cards and most people dont tip so this is a pretty terrible loophole for them to exploit
      Lil_Zro 14 jan
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    • I worked as a cook at Sonic down in Florida in high school and I felt the same way. All of the cashiers got paid 5.25 ( minimum wage was $8.15 at the time) because people were supposed to tip. I didn’t even know you could tip at sonic until I worked there. The place was horrible
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    • I see y'all fighting, but the reality is that something has to give. If everyone quits, the place doesn't make any money. So they are either forced to pay a fair wage that someone is willing to work for or they'll go out of business. Yes, I have sympathy for the workers, that would really suck....
      Clbmrg 14 jan
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    • 4.00 isn’t enough to even get by
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    • i live in circeville! i remember all my friends walking out. it was bullshit, it happened a year ago though.
      Ben_Jovie 14 jan
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    • They legally cannot drop the price to $4.00 that’s how I know this is fake
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    • I worked for sonic in 2012 and made $5p/h plus tips, this is real.
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    • Tipping is a fucking excuse to underpay workers. It started during an economic recessions where restaurants couldn’t afford to pay their waiters in full, so they asked for donations from the patrons. Afterwards they realized, “wait, this is a great way to exploit our workers” and it stuck
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    • Tip is not a wage it’s a tip I am giving you a lil extra cuz I like you and I think you did good and I thought you diserved extra my fucking tip is not your employees wage you need to pay your own damn staff minimum at lease you stupid cuck
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    • From the department of labor, “If an employee's tips combined with the employer's direct wages of at least $2.13 an hour do not equal the Federal minimum hourly wage, the employer must make up the difference.” they get paid at least minimum wage
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    • Why didn't they choose someone with good spelling and handwriting to make that sign. God damn.
      Vulchrys 14 jan
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    • I got paid $6/hr working at Pizza Hut plus tips. People NEVER fucking tipped. They always had the audacity to believe that my hard-earned gas was being covered by pizza hut’s shitty pay alone. I quit within two weeks.
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    • All you fucking idiots saying you can't be paid bellow minimum wage have never heard of Missouri cause there's a loophole where you can pay the worker whatever the fuck you want as long as they get all the tips. Now most places have to abide by the rule that they make up the rest that tips 1\2
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    • A tip is a customer saying thank you for excellent service, not a company’s excuse to pay you less.
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    • wtf, you're supposed to "tip" sonic workers? that's fucking cringe
      snorty 14 jan
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    • For those saying it's fake, this is what the car hoppers get payed because they can technically be classified as "waiters" and such, are supposed to be tipped but obviously, they are not because it's a fast food restaurant and these workers are actually being screwed.
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    • The employers legally have to pay the difference if the $4 + tips is less than minimum wage, same as with pizza delivery guys. This is why i never tip, because it wont change how much the worker gets, it just means the employer gets to pay them less.
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    • Aaaand they’ll be replaced within the week. Sucks for them tho that’s gay af
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    • Anyone that spells like that doesn’t deserve more than $4/hr.
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    • Their spelling is atrocious
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    • I remember like back when they first opened around where I live, they weren't allowed to accept tips. But now you are supposed to tip? So how are customers supposed to know to tip now when they couldn't before?
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    • That’s my hometown, Cirleville Ohio is a real piece of shit. They’re known for their “ world famous pumpkin show, the great free show on earth “ everything pumpkin flavored and shit like mid October. Best thing the town has going for it
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    • Damm I should have had my old sonic crew do that too, my reason for leaving was being unappreciated. I started their at the age of 17 in four months I became a crew leader ( one below manager) I work their for 1 year and 8 months trained many people but two of the people stood out the most one is a
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    • I got 5.50 + 2% tips at my last job, I quit in two days. There were so many people that the top share was about 25 cents
      Zeckan 14 jan
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    • How is that not illegal?
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    • “BuT tHe EcOnOmY iS bEtTeR tHaN eVeR!”
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    • Just to clarify if tips don't bring your pay to the minimum wage line they are required to pay the difference (but yes this is still shit)
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    • In a regular restaurant that wouldn’t be too bad but no one is gonna tip enough for a fast food restaurant
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    • Sonic is by far the worst job I've ever had. Worked a 16 year old to the bone on night shift after night shift while I had school and family issues to work on. Got barely no sleep because I was one of the only closing cooks at the store. Never work at a Sonic, it's a drive in that acts like fast foo
      ZeeDog25 15 jan
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    • If tips do not match the difference between $4 and state minimum wage the employer has to match the difference if they dont you can sue them.
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    • When I was waitressing a few years ago, my boss paid us $3.65 and hour plus tips. If we didn’t make the equivalent of $7 an hour, she was supposed to pay us to make up for it, but never did. She’d come around and feel our aprons to see what tips we had & sometimes she’d take some. So, I started
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    • Quit? No no no, if they lowered my wage below minimum, I'm going straight to court and suing their asses. They lost the opportunity to "work out an agreement" as soon as they felt like they had the power to illegally take advantage of their employees
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    • Capitalism at its finest. If your job sucks, quite and get a better one!
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    • Running into this issue at my work. The owner of the dominos in my town only pays the managers $12.50 an hour, and I'm a regular worker and I make $12 and hour. That's seriously fucked up...
      The_meme 15 jan
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    • I am the Assistant General Manager at a Sonic in AZ and can confirm it is a shit job
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    • Reign 14 jan
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    • Sonic employee here: Carhops are the only ones who get tips and even then the tips aren’t even 20% of the order. 3% most of the time.
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    • The thing is though they still have to pay you the difference to minimum wage. Where I live waitress wages are just over $2/hr Minimum wage is 7.75(I think). So say I were to work a 5hr shift. The least I could make is about $40. So if my tips were less than 30 dollars the company has to pay(1/2)
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    • Wow. Good for the workers.
      Unket14 14 jan
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    • Too* and too*
      Valkreath 15 jan
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    • Even whenever I worked at Sonic from early 2016 as my first job till late 2018 in college I got paid shit. Started as a carhop getting $4 met up to min at $9.15 iirc. Worked my way up high as I could in management. Even going so far as to do truck orders and get ServSafe certified... $11 fucking .25
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    • The sonic that I used to work at would pay car hops minimum plus tips and the cooks made around $10/hr. Not too bad honestly. I can say that if they paid less than minimum for car hops they can’t always count on tips like at other restaurants.
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    • Okay but law requires them to pay you minimum wage if you don’t make that other $3.25/hr in tips so... still making the same amount. But I understand the frustration
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    • Ever since my state passed a minimum wage hike, my employer has had to cut budgets. My department (janitorial) got almost all our funding moved to operations to take up the difference, so shifts were cut from 4 hours to 3. You still get fired if you don’t finish on time or go over shift, so now
      atincan 14 jan
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    • I’d be pissed to
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    • Once at Sonic I got a hotdog that was bitten into, never again.
      triskz 14 jan
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    • I’m from the Porstmouth area, and I heard a few from there also quit without warning all at once
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    • Happened up here in PA too. They had to shut the one in my town down
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    • If you dont recieve tips that equal minimum wage they legally have to compensate you for all of min wage. Unless they claim your tips fradulantly you still get min, that being said min wage is unlivable.
      Cudagoat 15 jan
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    • Yea no one tips at sonic definitely they’re just exploiting a loophole
      JamesAube 14 jan
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    • Power to them!
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    • Bernie 2020
      Scribe77 14 jan
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    • Ok but what the fuck is the first caption. I had a seizure trying to read it 😂
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    • This same thing happened to the dunkin I was working at. Owners were threatening to fire people because there wasn’t enough money being made and after months of everything being shit the whole store quit. They hired new people and since then the sales have dropped in half and they might be 1/2
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    • Respectable
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    • They’re called tips for a reason you guys, they shouldn’t be included in hourly payroll
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    • And people wonder why I don't believe in tipping. Pay your own damed employees you greedy lazy fuck.
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    • Tips are a reward for excellent service, they should not be expected. Pay your workers a living wage
      Kamodo127 14 jan
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    • Sonic servers usually do get tips, but it's not required and if someone's paycheck plus tips was less than minimum wage, the owners would have to pay that worker extra to make it equal to minimum. It's still a shitty move, regardless, though
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    • Federal minimum wage is $7.25. Sonic being a fast food place that accepts tips for the carhops, the remainder $3.25 is supposed to be compensated via tip. So $4.00+$3.25 tip per hour. You’d be surprised how many labor laws favor the employer over the worker it’s ridiculous
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    • It depends which state, in Oregon you cannot pay less than minimum wage even with tips
      Wezley 14 jan
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    • I worked there in 2016 and only got paid 4 dollars, everyone at the store smoked weed, including me, not saying this has anything to do with me getting fired but I was one of 2 white people that worked there and the other one was a manager, but our store manager suspected I had weed and took (1/2)
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    • 5amgamer 14 jan
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    • If I remember correctly if your $4 plus tips doesn't add up to minimum wage the company has to pay the difference
      R1SEN_ 14 jan
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    • DarkPit 14 jan
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    • Most Sonics don’t even tell you that you need to tip them
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    • _Nadiki_ 14 jan
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    • Someone get Karl Marx on the phone
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    • So restaurants hire people as contractors or something instead of actual employees. This allows them to pay below minimum wage, but the expectation is they will make more in tips. Obviously they won’t at a fast food restaurant. Like so others can see cuz apparently no one knows this is legal.
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    • There were way too many grammatical errors in that sign
      LegoY0da 14 jan
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    • Not talking about sonic cause that’s bullshit but let’s not sit here and pretend you can’t make mad bank on tips. I knew people working at Waffle House that would pull $100 in a morning $500 in a week on average. Tips may very well be shitty in a lot of ways but there’s a good reason why they’ve
      Lizten1 15 jan
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    • Smh just another reason why millenials don't deserve 15 an hour. I hate their lazy handout generation.
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    • What the hell shit. Money being the focus of what Americans only care about just makes me mad
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    • And this is why you don’t need minimum wage laws.
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    • That's illegal to do so nice bait post
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    • I’m pretty sure a black person wrote this aids. So I’m not even mad about it. You deserve 4$/hr
      B_Ripz 14 jan
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    • If you can’t write well enough to make it through your little pissy fit, you probably don’t deserve employment anyway.
      Joe__Cool 14 jan
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    • we dont have sonic anywhere near where I live isnt it a gas station to?
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    • The grammar though.
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    • God, I want to correct the spelling errors so bad.
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    • Maybe it's a publicity stunt? If they lowered it 2 4$ the state would be involved by now...
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    • They're incredibly stupid. If they were making minimum wage before, they now have the potential to make more. They would've gotten minimum wage no matter what. US Labor Law states if wage + tips don't at least meet min wage, the employer has to pay the remaining amount to reach it. No matter what.
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    • With how poorly that letter was written, they don't even deserve that much.
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    • When they put everything into this glory. I thought it was going to say glory hole.
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    • I live near circleville :0
      papawolf1 17 jan
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    • That’s crazy...I worked part time at petsmart and made 12.50
      Twaige 17 jan
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    • They have to pay you min wage if your tips don’t make you min wage lol
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    • I worked at Sonic as a carhop(a server) and made bank in tips but got paid $3.50 an hour. Y'all just gotta earn good tips
      dhhdbd 17 jan
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    • Too*
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    • Fake. Snopes confirmed it fake.
      Kalikus 17 jan
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    • Can confirm. Please tip at sonic, the carhops get in trouble if they don’t make enough in tips
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    • I work at Wendy's in high school and I know Wendys is not Sonic but they could not stress how much we were not allowed to take a tip. It's like public knowledge that you don't tip at a fast food restaurant. Fuck Sonic
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    • Too*^2
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    • The thing is that lowering pay below minimum wage is illegal out side of agriculture
      Jtown9012 17 jan
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    • If you dont tip the bitch skating out to your car with a tray, you're cheap af and need to go cook your own food. That being said, they should make minimum plus tips.
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