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Chick-fil-A asks “volunteers” to work for 5 chicken sandwiches per hour

Image Via Hendersonville Chick Fil A Facebook.

A Chick-fil-A in North Carolina posted a job ad on Facebook that offered to pay “volunteers” in chicken, not cash.

The store in Hendersonville is celebrating the opening of its new Drive Thru Express like this: “We are looking for volunteers for our new Drive Thru Express! The Facebook post, which was just deleted after being widely dragged, read. “Earn 5 free entries per shift (1 hour) worked. Send us a message for more details.


The post racked up 265 comments before being deleted. Many commentators have pointed out that Chick-fil-A is an extremely popular fast food chain whose owners are worth around $14 billion and therefore should not be asking people to work illegally for free. Like many fast food operations, some Chick-fil-A stores are quasi-independently operated franchises. The Hendersonville location is a franchise, according to local reports. Chick-fil-A corporate did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reached by phone, Ryan, a Hendersonville site manager who did not provide his last name, defended the idea. “What happens with certain brands in a community is that they establish a relationship with the community. As a result, there is an expression of the community’s desire to be more of a part of what that brand does,” said Ryan “We get people all the time who want to be a part of what we do. This is designed to be an opportunity for that.”

Ryan said he does not control the Facebook account and declined to comment on the post.

“Thank you for everyone’s concern about this,” the store said in response to a post that said it shouldn’t be offering “volunteer” positions. “It’s a volunteer-based opportunity, which means people can choose to volunteer if they think it’s right for them. Several people have signed up and enjoy doing it and have done it many times. The people who register for it have chosen it voluntarily. We’re always hiring full-time and part-time team members, so if you’re interested in working at our store, we pay $19/hr.

“When we launched our new express drive-thru, we offered customers the chance to earn free food for simply referring other customers,” reads another post from the store. “Usually it’s a win-win for us and the volunteer who gets Chick-fil-A for free! This way our team can focus on serving customers in what we do best. »

If you live near a Chick-fil-A, you know that the lines get so long that traffic spills onto the main roads and often causes traffic jams.

That’s why places like Hendersonville built these Drive Thru Express lanes. Stores that have them use part of the parking lot to build multiple drive-thru lanes operated by multiple employees. But it does force the employees to work, and it seems Hendersonville is so hard on the staff that they’re asking for volunteers to work for the nuggets and sandwiches. This place employed famous Republican congressman Madison Cawthorn for five years.

Asking for labor and paying with nuggets is not the first time the fast food giant has come under fire. The controversies surrounding its founder, his views on the LGTBQ community, and the money the company has donated to anti-LGBTQ causes are so vast and complicated that they require its own Wikipedia article.

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