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Applebee’s email, which was leaked on Reddit, suggests that high gas prices equal cheap labor.

“applebee leaked email”: All you need to know

In a leaked email, an Applebee executive reportedly advised corporate officials that increasing gas prices and inflation might be exploited to reduce salaries for workers who are already living paycheck to paycheck. Wayne Pankratz, the executive director of operations for American Franchise Capital, which owns 50 Applebees in the Midwest, reportedly informed managers of the fast-food chain that employees and applicants are economically hurting, which he saw as a “advantage” in an internal email posted on Reddit on Wednesday.


“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.” This week, the average price of a gallon of regular gas in Midwest states hovered near $4, while Los Angeles hit a record of $6.011, as per AAA Gas Price Index. Pankratz reportedly went on to say: “As inflation continues to climb and gas prices continue to go up, that means more hours workers will need to work to maintain their current level of living.”


According to a leaked email, he went on to say that with government aid drying up and individuals needing two jobs to survive, the company needed to make sure that new employees were hired on lower wages and that their lives were twisted around Applebee’s. Pankratz is said to have written

“The labor market is about to turn in our favor. Apart from hiring employees at a lower income to decrease our labor when able make sure you have a pulse on the confidence of your employees.

The email continued,

“Your employees that live to check to check are impacted more than the individual reading this email. Be conscious of that. Several will require to work more hours or get a 2nd job. Do things to make sure you are the employer of choice. Get schedules finished early so they can plan their jobs around yours.”

He went on to say that because of the epidemic, mom-and-pop businesses and other competitors were going out of business, leaving Applebee’ with more potential applicants to abuse.


Scott Fischer, a spokesman for American Franchise Capital, told the Kansas City Star that the email does not reflect the company’s perspective and that Pankratz does not have the authority to make such adjustments. According to him,

“He does not have the authority to make policy for our firm for the brand anything. Maybe he wrote it in the middle of the night. I do not know. The main message here is that this is completely no way, shape, or form speaks to our policies or our culture or anything like that with our brand.”



Source: Vimbuzz.com

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