Applebees Exec Inflamed by Allegated Plan to Lower Wages Resulting from Higher Gas Prices

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An alleged Email sent by an Applebee’s franchise managerPeople went online screaming after the alleged plotters tried to lower wages in order to exploit desperate employees who were being forced to work by high gas prices.

“Most of our employee base and potential employee base live paycheck to paycheck,’ the email read. ‘Any increase in gas prices cuts into their disposable income,”Wayne Pankratz sent the email. Pankratz, who is the executive director of operations at American Franchise Capital and the owner of 50 Applebee franchises in the midwest, read the email.

“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,”The email allegedly reads. “Besides hiring employees at a lower wage to decrease our labor [cost] (when able) make sure you have a pulse on the morale of your employees. Your employees that live check to check are impacted more than the people reading this email. Be conscious of that. Many will need to work more hours or get a second job.”

Many online users, particularly on Reddit, Twitter and Twitter, called for a boycott against the chain as a response to the abominable email. According to The Kansas City StarSome restaurant managers resigned as protest. American Franchise Capital spokesperson Scott Fischer also responded to the protest.

“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.”

An Applebee’s manager in Lawrence, Kansas who quit was quoted as saying: “I was just stunned and disgusted,”After having read the email. The online response contained a lot of information. “eat the rich”Others’ shock and statements. Applebees received a lot of criticism, which has been a tradition for many years.

According to The Daily MailThe email was also addressed to Applebee’s COO. “This is the opinion of an individual, not Applebee’s,”Kevin Carroll stated this in a statement. “We understand that the franchisee who owns and operates the restaurants in this market has placed the individual on leave. Our team members are the lifeblood of our restaurants, and our franchisees are always looking to reward and incentivize team members, new and current, to remain within the Applebee’s family.”