The operators of a Chick-fil-A in North Carolina have ended a controversial program wherein they solicited “volunteers” to work the drive-thru in change for rooster sandwich vouchers.

The Chick-fil-A in Hendersonville, N.C. issued the supply final week in a now-deleted publish on Fb.

“We’re searching for volunteers for our new Drive Via Specific!” the publish learn. “Earn 5 free entrées per shift (1 hr) labored. Message us for particulars.”

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Chick-fil-A spicy rooster sandwich is a well-liked menu merchandise. (Nick Kindelsperger/Chicago Tribune/Tribune Information Service by way of Getty Pictures / Getty Pictures)

Regardless of deleting the publish, the restaurant’s social media pages continues to be inundated with important feedback from friends pissed off with the franchise. 

“I do not need anybody serving meals to not have been skilled!” one lady wrote.

“Glad to see you deleted the extremely unlawful volunteer publish,” wrote one other. “Pay staff’ cash not rooster.”

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Different feedback criticized the franchise for violating the Honest Labor Requirements Act (FLSA), which prohibits personal, for-profit corporations from enlisting volunteers to carry out common job duties. 

North Carolina Division of Labor communications director Jennifer Haigwood confirmed to Fox Information Digital that “any private-sector employer who is roofed by the FLSA is prohibited from permitting staff to volunteer providers.”

Haigwood famous that the North Carolina Division of Labor doesn’t have any jurisdiction over volunteers or in conditions the place there isn’t an employer-employee relationship.

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“Thanks for everybody’s concern on this matter,” the Hendersonville retailer proprietor Joel Benson wrote on Instagram. “After fastidiously reviewing claims and different particulars dropped at our consideration, we now have determined to cease this program and never transfer ahead sooner or later. We’re at all times searching for a enjoyable and artistic methods to have interaction our neighborhood. Sadly, we introduced pointless negativity and misplaced regional/nationwide consideration to our city as an alternative. I apologize for this and can proceed to make all efforts to deal with our friends with honor, dignity, and respect.”

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Chick-fil-A Hendersonville didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.

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