Twitter users are urging people to #BoycottIHOP after an image of a sign posted inside an IHOP restaurant in Wasilla, Arkansas went viral for falsely blaming President Biden for giving out “free money.” and leave the restaurant understaffed.
In the image, the sign reads: “Because of the fact that Biden gave way [sic] lots of free money and nobody wants to work anymore. We are forced to reduce working hours during the week”. The original image, posted on December 9, can be found on Reddit, with the caption “We went out.” The account of the original poster, @Ok_Morning925, has been deleted.
On December 12th, #BoycottIHOP started trending on Twitter.
“I will never eat at IHOP again. Who with me? #BoycottIHOP,” tweeted @snackdaddy1972.
“Or you can pay #LivingWage, @IHOP, like they do at restaurants in Europe. #BoycottIHOP,” tweeted @mcnorski.
In U.S.A, employer direct wages can be as low as $2.13 per hour if workers receive enough tips to meet the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
Many users also point out that the sign is not accurate. That was during President Trump’s term – not President Biden’s – but stimulus test started playing.
“When you accept 43 PPP loans and still blame Biden #BoycottIHOP,” tweeted @pe62050408.
Based on Follow ProPublica’s PPP project — a database that tracks every company approved for the Paycheck Protection Program, federal loans to help companies during the economic impact of the pandemic — IHOP received obtained 43 loans starting April 2020. Apparently, most IHOP locations are privately owned franchises.
An IHOP representative told the Daily Dot that the sign was posted last month at a franchised location in Wasilla, Arkansas, and was “immediately removed as soon as we became aware of it. This is an unauthorized individual act and does not represent the views of IHOP or the local Franchisor. “
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* First published: December 13, 2021, 6:17 p.m. CST
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