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Applebee franchisee fires employee who sent worker exploitation email

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – Applebee’s has confirmed that an employee of a Missouri-based franchisee was fired after sending an email speculating that high gas prices and the end of stimulus money pandemic would force employees to work more hours for less pay.

“This is an individual’s opinion, not Applebee’s,” Kevin Carrol, Applebee’s chief operating officer, said in a statement, adding that the franchisee terminated the mid-level worker. The employee did not work directly for Applebee’s.

Trouble arose after someone shared the email last month with Jake Holcomb, who was the manager of an Applebee restaurant in Lawrence, Kansas. He resigned shortly after reading the email, which read: “As inflation continues to climb and gas prices continue to rise, it means more hours employees will have to work to maintain their current standard of living.”

Holcomb said he printed a few dozen copies and left them where servers could find them, the Springfield News-Leader reported.

“Then I gave everyone in the restaurant their food for free and we left; we didn’t even close the store,” he said, adding that he also shared the e email with a friend who posted a screenshot on Reddit on March 21.

The restaurant remained closed the following day and the email began circulating widely online.

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