In light of recent articles of slower drive thru lines we went to Sonic and chatted with a few workers there. Few being the operative word. There was only one worker waiting on the drive up bays and one in the drive thru. This, meanwhile, was during their busiest time of day, ½ off Happy Hour, and one of the hottest days of October. So why wasn’t anyone at work? Why did it take 15 minutes to order, and over 30 minutes to get our food? Some hypothesize that slower lines are due to “menu bloat”, fast-food workers close to the line attribute it to “CEO bloat”.
Ask a room full of workers how many of them have been sent home to “keep labor cost down” and the majority will raise their hands. Erratic schedules are par for the course in fast-food. Coupled with low pay, fast-food workers struggle to pay for their basic necessities, such as rent and heat.
Last Friday 40 fast-food workers and a dozen community people came out to support workers at the third Fast-food Fry-days. Almost every drive up bay was occupied with a community supporter and fast-food workers. Each car had a sign in the back that read, “Sorry for the wait, standing with workers.” The workers at Sonic were excited and a few have decided to join the movement.