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(NBC Chicago)   Chicago sandwich shop fires all workers ... Two days before Christmas ... By email   (nbcchicago.com) divider line 385
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2013-12-23 10:41:53 PM
I see the GOP jobs plan continues full steam ahead
 
2013-12-23 11:52:54 PM
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2013-12-23 11:59:12 PM
That is astoundingly asinine.
 
2013-12-23 11:59:51 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-24 12:20:25 AM
Rock Over London
Rock On Chicago

Subway
It's the place where fresh is the taste
 
2013-12-24 12:34:15 AM
The owner may want to watch out for ghosts tomorrow night.
 
2013-12-24 01:17:51 AM
Snarfs

i131.photobucket.com
 
2013-12-24 01:19:30 AM
Employees will be allowed to reapply for their jobs after the restaurant reopens

At drastically reduced wages, of course.
 
2013-12-24 01:49:59 AM

propasaurus: Employees will be allowed to reapply for their jobs after the restaurant reopens

At drastically reduced wages, of course.


And beg. Begging is always good.
 
2013-12-24 01:53:54 AM
Obviously, the sandwich thing wasn't working...though I can't see how switching to burgers will help.  Maybe he's not a very good restauranteur (Christmas firings aside).
 
2013-12-24 02:06:02 AM
But it totally wasn't punishment for protesting.
 
2013-12-24 02:22:12 AM

Calmamity: But it totally wasn't punishment for protesting.


hell no. It's obviously because sandwich makers are NOT burger makers.

Boss: "Ok. now show me how you make a sandwich..."

lowly peon: *bread. mayo. tomato. meat. cheese. lettuce. pickles. onions. other piece of bread.* "there you are boss"

Boss: "Ok. now make me a cheeseburger..."

lowly peon: *bread. mayo. paint chips. asbestos. pantyhose. sense of entitlement. socialism. other piece of bread. "there you go boss"

Boss: "go home and check your email."
 
2013-12-24 02:26:17 AM
" reconcept the business "

That's ... that's a word? I'm going to have to reconcept my world-view over here.
 
2013-12-24 02:30:04 AM
Snarf's officials say the firings had nothing to do with the strike, but rather the slow Christmas season

Okay. How can a sandwich shop in that area not make fist full of money during the holiday season with all of the shopping foot traffic going on? They must have been a horrible shop and not very visually appealing not to get a lot of walk in business with the shopping foot traffic in the area.
 
2013-12-24 02:31:49 AM
Hard to say if this is punitive or not without looking at the books. If they really are going broke then as bad as it sounds coming right before Christmas I can understand. We now return you to your regularly scheduled outrage.
 
2013-12-24 02:31:58 AM
a store that is closing always has to be careful about employee theft and sabotage. if i had unhappy employees i'd be tempted to do the same thing. and i'd only rehire the best employee[s].
 
2013-12-24 02:32:54 AM
The email bit is a dick move however.
 
2013-12-24 02:34:16 AM
How utterly vile. Now, had they fired everyone via email at a different time of the year that would have been perfectly acceptable, right?
 
2013-12-24 02:34:56 AM
I wouldn't expect anything less from the fine of Chicago, Illinois.

/Go Packers.
 
2013-12-24 02:35:17 AM

ongbok: Snarf's officials say the firings had nothing to do with the strike, but rather the slow Christmas season

Okay. How can a sandwich shop in that area not make fist full of money during the holiday season with all of the shopping foot traffic going on? They must have been a horrible shop and not very visually appealing not to get a lot of walk in business with the shopping foot traffic in the area.


Apparently most restaurants fail. I imagine usually because people get into it because they think it will be easy or they love to cook, and forget that it's a business.
 
2013-12-24 02:37:02 AM

relaxitsjustme: Hard to say if this is punitive or not without looking at the books. If they really are going broke then as bad as it sounds coming right before Christmas I can understand. We now return you to your regularly scheduled outrage.


Stop it, this is about outrage at trying to redo your business model to stay afloat during a non-existent holiday season.


this i learned on fark
 
2013-12-24 02:38:17 AM
Don't worry. It'll all work out. When this sort of thing happens, usually the boss gets visited by a few ghosts that teach him the meaning of Christmas, and then he gives them their jobs back.
 
2013-12-24 02:38:24 AM

starlost: a store that is closing always has to be careful about employee theft and sabotage. if i had unhappy employees i'd be tempted to do the same thing. and i'd only rehire the best employee[s].


That's why you call 'em all in before you close, give them all some money and a sandwich and say "Hey, if you like making sandwiches, come back when we re-open. If not, no hard feelings and I'll be happy to give you a reference wherever you go from here"
Or, fire them all through email and make it next to impossible for them to collect their final paycheck. Either way...
 
2013-12-24 02:38:49 AM
Fine PEOPLE of Chicago..
//Darn you beer.

///Packers!
 
2013-12-24 02:39:21 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: " reconcept the business "

That's ... that's a word? I'm going to have to reconcept my world-view over here.


Your world-view is safe for the moment. Sandwich making isn't the only thing Doug Besant is apparently bad at. The English language isn't his forte either.
 
2013-12-24 02:40:24 AM
Don't minimum wage workers get fired all the time anyway? They can just go across the street and work at some other fast food joint.

Remember, these types of jobs aren't supposed to be permanent, they're supposed to be for teenagers go maake some extra pocket money. If you need a minimum wage job, you've already failed in life.

Merry Christmas, losers!

/I learned this from Fox News
 
2013-12-24 02:42:13 AM

fusillade762: [i.imgur.com image 400x178]


i1.ytimg.com

"Where's Lurch?"

"He's in the freezer."

"Did you say cool off?"

"I didn't say anything really."

"Shame."

"There's a bit earlier that you missed. Where Lurch attacked me in the hotel room, so I distracted him with the Cuddly Monkey and I said 'Playtime's over' and I hit him with the Peace Lily!"

"You're off the farking chain!"
 
2013-12-24 02:42:49 AM
...by email.

I know, right! Firing people by email is so early 2000s.

Get with the times, grandad. You have to be hip and fire people on Twitter or Facebook these days.
 
2013-12-24 02:43:33 AM

Gordon Bennett: How utterly vile. Now, had they fired everyone via email at a different time of the year that would have been perfectly acceptable, right?


It would have been less of a dick move, without question.
 
2013-12-24 02:43:54 AM
No one has any money for anything anymore. America is continue to dry rot until everywhere looks like Detroit.
 
2013-12-24 02:44:39 AM

slayer199: Obviously, the sandwich thing wasn't working...though I can't see how switching to burgers will help.  Maybe he's not a very good restauranteur (Christmas firings aside).


this


Phil Moskowitz: No one has any money for anything anymore. America is continue to dry rot until everywhere looks like Detroit.


and this
 
2013-12-24 02:45:57 AM

ongbok: Snarf's officials say the firings had nothing to do with the strike, but rather the slow Christmas season

Okay. How can a sandwich shop in that area not make fist full of money during the holiday season with all of the shopping foot traffic going on? They must have been a horrible shop and not very visually appealing not to get a lot of walk in business with the shopping foot traffic in the area.


There's no shopping foot traffic in that area, its all residential highrises and office buildings.  They are actually in the same building that Groupon is headquartered in.
 
2013-12-24 02:46:31 AM
I'm getting a kick out of this because I fired two people today. One was muslin (not so secret) for attendance issues, and the other I happen a canister of pepper spray in my hand and still ended calling the cops on him to get him to leave.

Airing of grieviences...
 
2013-12-24 02:48:31 AM

cretinbob: I see the GOP jobs plan continues full steam ahead


0/10. Pretty pathetic, you're not even trying.
 
2013-12-24 02:51:07 AM

propasaurus: Employees will be allowed to reapply for their jobs after the restaurant reopens

At drastically reduced wages, of course.


Hey it worked for Hostess.

Or maybe not. I notice their crappy donuts and cakes are all on clearance sale at the store.
 
2013-12-24 02:51:48 AM
The problem here is that the minimum wage is too low.  If all of Snarfs workers made $15 an hour they could all buy more Snarf sandwiches for lunch.
 
2013-12-24 02:53:14 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: That's ... that's a word? I'm going to have to reconcept my world-view over here.


Yep. Also it's quite the thing now for a place to close with a sign thanking everyone for their business and saying to look for a new concept soon. In some cases the owners are legit closing to redo things and try something new in the hopes of doing better. In lots of cases it's just a way to fire everyone, let down your customers and put a new name on everything and some new interior touches. Oh and then jack the prices up.
 
2013-12-24 02:54:05 AM
worst part is, the owner forbid them from looking for other jobs, and made them sign an agreement that they wouldn't try to ever find other jobs for the rest of their lives if they stopped working there for any reason.

I like all the retards on yelp  who say they'll never eat there again.

then again when Monkey Wards went out of business I promised never to shop there again, so I'm kind of a hypocrite
 
2013-12-24 02:54:18 AM

sendtodave: Don't minimum wage workers get fired all the time anyway? They can just go across the street and work at some other fast food joint.

Remember, these types of jobs aren't supposed to be permanent, they're supposed to be for teenagers go maake some extra pocket money. If you need a minimum wage job, you've already failed in life.

Merry Christmas, losers!

/I learned this from Fox News


Christ this is the dumbest comment I have heard in a while and who ever truly thinks this is a flat out idiot. So are teenagers that need extra pocket money available to work during the 5am - 4pm hours? Are they available to work over nights? Are they available to work more than 20 or 25 hours a week? The answer to that in just about all cases is no.
 
2013-12-24 02:55:18 AM
I've dumped an easy lay via chat, but this is double eagle for douche.
 
2013-12-24 02:56:52 AM
Well that's what happens when companies run out of money. They cut their losses and fire people.

This happens year round but makes the news near the holidays.
 
2013-12-24 02:57:34 AM
FTA: "Snarf's officials say the firings had nothing to do with the strike, but rather the slow Christmas season."


Sure, because if the Holidays are known for one thing, it's decreased spending.
 
2013-12-24 03:00:16 AM

sendtodave: Don't minimum wage workers get fired all the time anyway? They can just go across the street and work at some other fast food joint.

Remember, these types of jobs aren't supposed to be permanent, they're supposed to be for teenagers go maake some extra pocket money. If you need a minimum wage job, you've already failed in life.

Merry Christmas, losers!

/I learned this from Fox News


I'm in advertising in NYC, in my 30 plus years in the bis I've been fired 11 times, a phone call or email is fine with me.

Two jobs ago, they led us into a cafeteria and locked the door on one end and erased two entire floors after losing Bank of America!!!
 
2013-12-24 03:04:16 AM
notice the yelp reviews are mostly  "slow"  "just ok"  and "overpriced."   oh up until...the incident.
 
2013-12-24 03:05:33 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: " reconcept the business "

That's ... that's a word? I'm going to have to reconcept my world-view over here.


In 90s restaurant lingo concept is what your primary food types served are and how. A reconcept is changing what the focus of the menu is, or rebranding. So Snarf's is transitioning from a (cold?) sandwiches spot to a Burger joint. So maybe they are installing an air return system to allow the further installation of a char-broiler and fryers. Maybe they are doing a complete remodel, with hopefully better seating.

The staff may not be totally compatible. People under 18 are not allowed to work a flat top or fryer anymore by most liability insurers. Additionally about 3/5ths of subway employees have a very limited idea how to work on a cooking surface or how to handle raw meats.

/A crappy thing to do before Christmas, but if that is when the contractor is available
// Cannot believe that an assembler would get 15/hour, course probably not a cheap neighborhood
 
2013-12-24 03:06:10 AM
Don't worry guys. There isn't anyone in Chicago that can make a sandwich for under $15 an hour. Just reapply, you're golden.
 
2013-12-24 03:09:49 AM

Aquadyne: ongbok: Snarf's officials say the firings had nothing to do with the strike, but rather the slow Christmas season

Okay. How can a sandwich shop in that area not make fist full of money during the holiday season with all of the shopping foot traffic going on? They must have been a horrible shop and not very visually appealing not to get a lot of walk in business with the shopping foot traffic in the area.

There's no shopping foot traffic in that area, its all residential highrises and office buildings.  They are actually in the same building that Groupon is headquartered in.


Damn your right. I should have know, I used to work for a staffing company that used to be in that building. I read the address and for some reason my mind jumped to another building that I used to work at for some reason. But still, even in that area they should have been able to get enough business to bring in money hand over fist.
 
2013-12-24 03:11:24 AM
Last casino I worked at announced that they would be closed on Christmas.

Well, my last day was Christmas Eve (something about seeing eviction notices, toilet paper guy not delivering because of not getting paid, building shot at by an unhappy unpaid vendor, busted fish tank, etc...), and in the two weeks leading up to my last day, the owner never even interviewed someone to replace me.

I didn't know for sure that they were going to close, but I sure could see the writing on the wall.

My wake-up call on the 26th was from various people crying, "It's closed! The place is closed!"

Not only did people not get their last paycheck, but the tips that were withheld were also not paid.

Merry Christmas!
 
2013-12-24 03:12:07 AM
Snarf's workers participated in the "Fight for 15" rally, seeking higher wages. A Facebook post on Dec. 5 striking workers outside the restaurant with the caption, "Snarfs SHUT DOWN! #strike victory!"

Gee, I can't imagine why people were avoiding trying to buy sandwiches at such a welcoming and harmonious shop.
 
2013-12-24 03:13:04 AM
shower_in_my_socks: 

Sure, because if the Holidays are known for one thing, it's decreased spending.

That must be why there are all the reports of lower sales this year and all the discounts that will coming out after Christmas to make up for it
 
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