Cracker Barrel is a country themed restaurant with good, down-home food, affordable prices, and a laid-back environment. Because of this, it is the go-to place for families with small children and modest budgets. As-of-late, however, Cracker Barrel has gained attention for reasons that have nothing to do with their food or family-friendly atmosphere.
Recently, Cracker Barrel fired a woman who had worked for them for 11 years for no apparent reason. And they did so on her husband’s birthday. When Bradley Reid Byrd heard word of his wife’s unjust termination, he took to Facebook and demanded to know why.
“Why did you fire my wife?” he posted to the restaurant’s Facebook wall.
Sadly, he got no answer. But he did get attention from other patrons of the establishment.
One concerned follower asked Bradley what happened, to which he replied, “She was let go. I don’t know why. That is why I am asking them. No answer. LOL!” His response started an onslaught of comments demanding “Justice for Brad’s wife.”
The influx of support is comforting to Brad, his wife Nanette, and other elderly workers who have been fired with no explanation other than, “It’s not working out.”
Apparently, this is not the first time Cracker Barrel has come under fire for terminating an employee who was a little too close to retirement. According to one in-the-know commenter, Nanette was fired by the district manager, who simply told her that “she wasn’t working out.” She is an elderly woman whom coworkers and customers alike say was hardworking. She put in 50-60 hours a week.
Though Cracker Barrel has not responded to one “Justice for Brad’s Wife” comments, supporters have succeeded in making the company a little uncomfortable by continuing to bombard the page’s posts until justice is served.
The restaurant chain started receiving threats from loyal patrons stating that they’ll never eat at Cracker Barrel again.
The unjust termination of Brad’s wife brought to surface other grievances as well.
Memes have been created in support of Brad’s wife.
Brad’s wife even got her own #hashtag.
Some commenters got a little personal (I’m sure it wasn’t the social media manager’s fault that Brad’s wife was fired).
Hopefully, with thousands of people demanding answers, Cracker Barrel will step-up and finally clarify why they fired Brad’s wife.
Here’s what social networks say about this:
Doris Miller She has 11 year’s with CB, and you say she’s not working out, that’s something you say when a person is new on the job, there still in there probation period. What wasn’t working out about being there for 11 year, dam she should have made manager by then.
Sara Bolton-Vloet Who eats this garbage?!
My family did once and after we renamed it Crapper Barrel because it’s food is so bad it makes you feel like crap!
So shit food AND shit treatment of their staff. Good job Cracker Barrel
Ray Armstrong I’m very surprised that the restaurant chain not responding…social media is powerful…It can work against you…Say something, being quiet is almost saying you’re guilty of something…maybe your legal council wants to advise you..Cracker Barrel you’re better than this?
Virgene Otte i and 9 others were let go to after 11 years and was wondering why and was told they dont have to tell us by law why a bummer but thats how it is beleive it was my age
Pedro Rivera Why you fire that lady after all she been there for a long time. But like I said. To close to retirement they don’t want to pay. .sorry that is pure garbage . And on top of that they gave her no reason wow
Mary Velez CB has always been a favorite of mine, not for the food but I enjoy shopping in their boutique store. Im disappointed to read this, they have to step up and do some damage control, all the older ladies that work in the boutique are always very very nice
Diana Harris Rainey I hope Cracker Barrell doesnt make up some crazy BS excuse for letting her go …like LYING about it and embarrassing her! Remember CB….slander suits are still won and with social media rage on like WILDFIRE!!!
Joanna Dickerson Maybe they have not commented because they want to save the employee from embarrassment, or they were just trying to get younger employees. Whatever the reason, she should be contacted. You’re not working out is not a reason.