Saturday, March 2, 2019

"Entire staffs at 3 Sonic locations quit after wages cut to '$4/hour plus tips'"

A choose your own reality story. From Sonic's response:
Thank you for your inquiry about the about the eight Sonic Drive-Ins in the Columbus, Ohio market that have changed ownership from a franchisee to Sonic’s operating affiliate, SRI Holding Company (SRI) as of Monday, February 25.

We recognize that changes like this can be difficult for employees to understand, and most current employees will have the opportunity to continue working at the drive-in. Under new management, guests and the community can look forward to improved service and the famous food, beverages, and treats for which SONIC is known. Employees working for the local drive-in can look forward to fun, fast-paced work on which they can build a career, if they choose.

No wage rates at any level decreased as a result of this transition and Carhops may continue to receive tips above their hourly wages.
A possible explanation from a Redditor.