Every so often, something on the internet really takes off, and as per usual, I am one of the last ones to hear about it.
Over the last few days, I have been following the saga surrounding Cracker Barrel in the US, a man named Brad and his wife.
Brad was incensed after his wife was allegedly fired from her job at a branch of Cracker Barrel after being told that she ‘wasn’t working out,’ despite the fact that she had worked there for eleven years. He took to his own Facebook page at the end of February after contacting the company for an explanation and received no response, which quickly went viral when he posted a similar thing on Cracker Barrel’s Facebook page.
Since then, a #JusticeforBradsWife campaign has been launched all across the internet. The Cracker Barrel Facebook page has been inundated with thousands of comments, someone has edited the Wikipedia page to ‘Number of Employees’ to ‘70,000 minus Brad’s wife’ and the hashtag has spawned a whole host of tweets and memes, a change.org page and a parody Twitter account.
Cracker Barrel doesn’t appear to have made a comment on the situation as yet, but I’m interested to see how this one turns out… I’m certainly not advocating the vandalising of their digital pages, but it serves as yet another reminder of just how powerful the internet can be.
This “Brad’s Wife” thing has become a very viral thing here in the states.
It took a few days for the British media to pick up on it here, but I’m so glad that they did!
I’ve been following it as well. Kind of funny and sad at the same time
Agreed! I can’t decide which way I feel about it…
The strangest things happen on this side of the pond, Suzie! I’ve never been to a Cracker Barrel restaurant before, but the fact that someone has been working there that long and is told things aren’t, “working out” is horrible. I’ll have to investigate this story! Thank you for posting about it, my dear! Cher xo
Thanks lovely – I haven’t checked for an update yet!
I’ll report back! Cher xo
I’m American and I hadn’t heard about it. Cracker Barrel isn’t exactly known as a great place to work, so I’m not sure if I would fight this hard to get back to that job. But then again, I recall telling you how I feel about service industry jobs.
Definitely! The majority of the jobs I’ve ever done have been in the service industry and after the was I was treated in some of them I wouldn’t go back…
I’m sure she could do better as well.
HaHA! I have to say that I love these kinds of stories too! It will be interesting to see what Cracker Barrel make of it all! 🙂
I need to catch up and see whether they have made a comment yet…
I despise the way companies make up such crap about getting rid of loyal and capable employees. I hope Brad’s wife is offered a great job by an appreciative company.
Me too – I need to check and see if there are any updates!
That cracked me up. I wonder why some issues go viral while others, go unnoticed. I also like how in this instance people power fought back against the big, unfeeling company. Interesting…
It’s still going I think – I’m intrigued to see what happens!
I absolutely HATE HATE HATE that many states are allowed to fire someone and not give a reason. This just opens the door for discrimination, all under the guise of “not a good fit”. I was told after 1.8 yrs I wasn’t a good fit despite triple digit increases and getting an international brand to agree to sell on our site. In reality, I blew the whistle on the daily lunch drinks that occurred. It was either fire me or 2 departments.
Interestingly, I was at a Cracker Barrel yesterday– best road trip pit stop: food, bathroom, and shopping– but unfortunately, there was no mention of Brad’s wife.
You should totally mention her next time you go
…and how uncaring big corporations can be. Does Brad’s wife have a name? Just curious.
Ooh I’ll have a look…
I’m on Twitter and FB and I’ve totally missed the CrackerBarrel saga. I must catch up now!
Haha! Me too – I haven’t checked in a while!
Social media really has changed EVERYTHING, hasn’t it?
Oh my gosh yes… It has certainly changed my life!