Clients try to give Chick-fil-A workers $45,000 to quit
A TikToker and companion taped themselves at a Chick-fil-A-Drive-Thru and offered the employee up to $45,000 in cash to quit her job — and according to the video, she didn’t approach them about it.
The TikTok was posted to the @aokayblends96 account on Tuesday, although it appears the content came from a now-defunct account. Despite being the only one on the account, the video has garnered more than 927,000 views since it was posted.
In it, a driver and attendant film from the passenger seat toward a Chick-fil-A window in Santa Fe Springs, a town in Los Angeles.
The driver says, “Will you quit your job if I give you this?” while showing a wad of bills. “It’s $20,000.”
The drive-thru attendant seems unsure, and the driver then ups the offer, adding another stack of Benjamins. “Would you stop for 30?”
“Maybe,” laughs the employee as she fills her order bag.
@aokayblends96 Chick-fil-a employee didn’t have it 😂 this commitment is real give her a raise💯#chickfilaemployee #chickfila #fyp #LA #Money #employee ♬ Original sound – Aokayblends
They then get up to $40,000 and then $45,000, which makes them ask, “For my whole life?”
The proposer then clarifies, “Just for today.”
“You can find another job,” he adds, before shaking her head.
“It wasn’t Chick-fil-A employee have it‘ the accompanying caption reads. “This commitment is real. Give her a raise.”
Commenters said they would be thrilled if someone came to their drive-through window and made a similar offer.
“Was asking me if you would quit your job,” one person quipped.
Another remarked, “Would curse everyone and jump out the window.”
Another remarked, “I would have taken it ASAP,” adding, “It’s more than what most people make in a year.”
Others named their price lower than the $45,000 they ultimately offered, with various commenters weighing $10,000, $20,000 and $30,000 as if it were an auction.
While TikTokers admired their commitment, the comments section was packed with people who would have accepted the offer – although at least one tried to find ways to trick the system, like the commenter, who wrote, “I would have yelled ‘I quit’ , then I text my manager: ‘I’ll be back tomorrow.’”
And a whole group of commenters fell into the “why can’t this happen to me” category, with one responding to the worker’s refusal to take the money with the response, “this kind of stuff happens to the wrong people.”
The Daily Dot has reached out to TikToker via TikTok comment and the fast-food chain via email.
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*Initial publication: April 7, 2023 at 12:20 p.m. CDT
Phil West is a veteran professional writer and editor and the author of two books on soccer, The United States of Soccer and I Believe That We Will Win, both from The Overlook Press. His work has most recently appeared in The Striker, where he serves as Editor-in-Chief, MLSSoccer.com, Next City and Texas Highways. He lives in Austin and is also an instructor in the Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.