Waffle House employees are fed up with having to fight violent customers and are demanding safer working conditions and higher wages.
Waffle House is one of America’s largest fast food chains with nearly 2,000 locations across the country, but if there’s one thing the eatery is better known for than its pancakes, it’s its review videos. each other passionately.
Throughout the years, there have been many viral fights at restaurants, including a popular altercation last year when a Waffle House Wendy’s employee grabbed a chair in a big brawl.
However, despite countless incidents involving fights, Waffle House employees have had enough. 13,000 workers signed a petition demanding workplace safety, a minimum wage of $25/hour, etc.
Waffle House employees claim they are not MMA fighters
In a video posted to social media on November 8, Waffle House employees confirmed they delivered 13,000 petition signs to the restaurant’s headquarters in Atlanta, but things did not go according to plan. .
The employees alleged that the corporate office threatened to call the police to arrest the workers and even threw the petitions in the trash when they were taken away.
Signed petitions demand that Waffle House hire 24/7 security, end its mandatory meal deduction policy, and pay all workers $25 an hour instead of its current “poverty wage.” at theirs.
Waffle House chef Gerald Green told the Independent that employees were fed up with the reputation of picking fights with dishonest customers at rowdy late-night restaurant parties.
“I know people joke that everyone is an MMA fighter, but no one is really an MMA fighter,” he said. “We don’t want any of that. Stop trying to appear in your cousin’s fight compilation video. We’re just trying to get you food and get you on your way.”
Green said the violent incidents at the restaurant prompted him and others to take action. In 2017, a friend of his was shot and killed during a robbery while working a shift. Green was forced to work his own shift even though his friend had only been dead for a few hours.
“You all called me just hours after someone died. That’s just wrong,” he said.