Economics/Class Relations

An ‘Atrocious’ Email Caused a Mass Resignation at a Kansas Applebee’s

by Paul Blest Vice
The email portrayed high gas prices and inflation as an opportunity for the company to rebuild its workforce and pay lower wages.

Five hours into Jake Holcomb’s shift as the manager at an Applebee’s in Lawrence, Kansas, last Monday, a co-worker came in to eat with a friend and asked him if he’d seen “the email.”

Holcomb’s colleague was referring to the now-infamous message from Wayne Pankratz, an executive at the franchise group that operates the Lawrence restaurant and dozens of others. The email, which was sent to other executives at the franchise group that operates the Applebee’s and later forwarded to the Lawrence store, portrayed high gas prices and inflation as an opportunity for the company to rebuild its workforce and pay lower wages.

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