Deli’s hiring sign equates minimum wage earner to “mediocre person”


  • A hiring sign outside a Jason’s Deli in Florida has sparked outrage on social media for its unrealistic expectations from employees.
  • The sign called minimum wage earners “mediocre” people.
  • According to the company’s corporate office, the manager at the location had posted the sign, and it does not reflect the company’s hiring practices. 

A hiring sign posted outside a Jason’s Deli in Melbourne, Florida described a minimum wage earner as a “mediocre person”. 

Twitter user @haitiandvorce posted the sign on social media, where it has sparked outrage. The sign listed what behaviors and attitudes an employee would need to earn a specific wage. According to the sign, a minimum wage earner (who gets $8.65/hr in Florida) is a “mediocre person.” For an employee to earn an hourly pay of $12, they must be “better than most,” bring “zero drama” and work “like two people.”

The sign says that for an employee to make $15/hr, they should “outshine and outperform the owner,” while also doing all the duties listed on the sign. 

The Melbourne location directed all questions to its corporate office, which confirmed that a manager at the location had posted the sign. 

In an email sent by President and COO Ragan Edgerly to TODAY Food, which was also shared on Facebook, he said that the sign was intended to attract prospective applicants by encouraging them with a potential upward movement in the career ladder. “The sign communicated that message in an inappropriate manner that does not accurately reflect the hiring practices of Jason’s Deli,” the statement said. 

Edgerly said the manager recognized that the sign was inappropriate and immediately removed it after the corporate office contacted them and that the company regrets any misunderstanding caused by the sign.

Edgerly added that the company values its employees and that it offers competitive and fair wages to hire highly motivated people that can maintain the company’s high level of service. He assured that the company has reached out to all their managers to ensure that they are all implementing an appropriate hiring process amid the worker shortage that the country is currently experiencing. 

Many people on social media criticized the sign, with some saying that the manager’s attitude is exactly why people are avoiding jobs in the service industry.

One Facebook user wrote: “This wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment thing. Someone took a great deal of time and care to write out this travesty. Bet they were laughing to themselves the whole time, too. Shows how they really think of their employees.”

Another asked on Reddit, “Why is ‘works like 2 people’ not 18/hr?”

Many others said that if the employee outshines and outperforms the owner, their wage should be the same as that of the owner. 

Still, some people said the sign is realistic and motivates people to work hard. 

Source: Today

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