It’s something you’d expect from Ebenezer Scrooge: Firing 20 employees of a sandwich shop days before Christmas.
The employees of Snarf’s sandwich shop in Chicago were notified via email that they lost their jobs and the store was closing. They were terminated effective December 23.
The email also thanked them for their service and wished them well.
These same employees protested earlier this month outside Snarf’s. They were asking for a raise from $9.50 an hour to $15 and better benefits.
Snarf’s says the shop closed because it wasn’t doing well and this time of year is slow. They will remodel and possibly add burgers to the menu and then reopen early next year.
Snarf’s said they regret that this coincided with the holiday season.
A spokesperson for the workers said, “These workers and their families depend on their salaries to meet their basic needs. We demand that Snarf’s reinstate these terminated workers once they reopen and pay them severance. “