The Post-Christmas Wrap-Up

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Merry Christmas, You’re Fired

Two days before Christmas, all 20 employees of the Snarf’s Sub Shop at 600 West Chicago, in Chicago, received e-mails saying that their positions were being eliminated. According to the owners, the restaurant has persistently done considerably less business than projected, a complete overhaul of the menu and space has been planned in an effort to make the site more profitable, those plans somehow involve not just the temporary layoffs of all of the employees but their termination, and the reduction in traffic to the business over the holidays was the major factor in the decision on when to shutter the current restaurant.

Not coincidentally, three weeks before the e-mail was sent, the employees had made an organized effort to ask for better wages and benefits.

Here is the e-mail that the employees received:

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