Chick-fil-A is far and away Americans’ favorite fast-food restaurant, but that doesn’t mean fans want to work for the quick-service eatery without earning a paycheck.
The operators of a franchise location in Hendersonville, North Carolina, faced swift backlash after reportedly using the restaurant’s Facebook page to solicit “volunteers” to work the drive-through lane in exchange for five Chick-fil-A entrées per shift, according to Nexstar Media Wire.
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Several social media users commented on the since-deleted post, calling out the chain location for the poorly received request: “Glad to see you deleted the highly illegal volunteer post,” commented one critic. “Pay workers money, not chicken,” she added.
A manager for the restaurant reportedly told Vice the heart behind the post was likely to “establish a relationship with the community” because “there’s an expression of desire from the community to be more a part of what that brand is doing.” He continued, “We get people all the time that want to be a part of what we’re doing. This is designed to be an opportunity for that.”
The manager, who does not run the restaurant’s Facebook page, said he was not directly involved in the controversial post.
Before erasing the post, the restaurant responded to some commenters: “Thanks for everyone’s concern on this matter. This is a volunteer based opportunity, which means people can opt in to volunteer if they think it’s a good fit for them. We’ve had multiple people sign up and enjoy doing and have done it multiple times. People who sign up for this chose it voluntarily. We are still hiring full-time and part-time team members, so if you are interested in working in our store, we pay $19/hr.”
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Nexstar Media Wire reached out to Chick-fil-A’s corporate office, but a representative declined to provide a comment. A spokesperson did, however, confirm to Business Insider that the Hendersonville offer had been rescinded and noted the corporate headquarters did not endorse the request.
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