‘This is what happens’: Employee reportedly trashed Popeyes restaurant after not being paid for a month

A video captured a Chicago fast food restaurant employee’s destructive reaction to an allegedly delayed paycheck: “This is what happens when you don’t get paid for a month.”

A video originally posted to the social media platform TikTok captured the rampage inside a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen located in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the north side of Chicago. The brief montage featured clips of a man opening bags of raw chicken and spilling them out onto the ground before chucking other items out of storage, completely trashing the restaurant’s inventory.


“This is what happens when you don’t get paid for a month,” a caption read on the images before later revealing wires cut on electronic devices and an empty register till left on a counter. “At least he got his money.”

According to NBC 5, a 22-year-old woman had reported on the now-former employee when he complained on April 24 of having not been paid in a month.

Reactions to the outraged worker’s display were mixed with some seemingly siding with his destructive behavior and posting comments like, “A whole month? I’m on his side,” and “Nah, he went ballistic. Rightfully so though.”

“I’m not saying this is legal, but if I was the jury, I’d understand,” another added.

Most users appeared to side with the rule of law and were even understanding of the employee’s plight until he threw a fit. As quite a few noted, he would have had a case against the restaurant owner if they were in fact withholding his pay, but now he would likely be slapped with criminal charges and a potential lawsuit.

“That’s about 10k in damages right there. Buddy just lost his check and caught a felony charge,” one person argued. Someone else chimed in, “First you had a law suit [shaking my head] now you being sued.”

Despite arguments suggesting that the disgruntled employee wouldn’t get paid, labor laws required the restaurant to do so regardless of the conditions the franchise was left in, and Popeyes released a statement on the matter detailing they had done precisely that.

They also elaborated on the reason that the employee’s pay had supposedly been delayed and said, “This employee failed to provide his required banking information and therefore could not be paid via direct deposit until he did so. When he was told that he could not be paid in cash, he proceeded to vandalize the restaurant. His behavior is obviously totally unacceptable. The restaurant franchisee has since paid him in full, terminated his employment and contacted the police.”

For some, the explanation was far from acceptable as, without the full details of what had caused the alleged delay, many argued that there was nothing that would have justified Popeyes not cutting the employee a check at the first sign of a complication. The latest report indicated that police were investigating the vandalism, but it remained unclear if an arrest had been made or if the suspect would face any charges.


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