The Paula Deen restaurant closed, and employees were the last to know about the closing of the restaurant. How did employees find out that they lost their job? A post via Facebook informed all. This includes customers and employees. On April 7, CBS News reported on this story, and social media was instrumental in the closure announcement.
Employees found out that the closure was immediate. The restaurant would not even open that day. When did this happen? On April 3, a statement was posted on the Facebook page for Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House that it was closed effectively immediately. The restaurant is owned by Deen and her younger brother.
The post did include a small message for employees about severance and help finding new jobs, but this is not the type of post you want to sign online to find. What about those employees that don't have a computer? They likely showed up to work on April 3 to find a closed sign. In fact, that is exactly what happened.
Those that responded to the Facebook posting were very suspicious about the quick closure. One even responded that the manager of the restaurant did not even know in advance of the closure. Another person responded that some employees did show up for work, and they found items being removed from the restaurant. Another mentioned a police presence.
Is this fair? Did Paula Deen close this restaurant in the proper manner? Not at all. This type of post would be fine for customers, but a more personal communication should have been made to those that work at the restaurant. The restaurant first opened in 2004, and Bubba Heirs, Deen's younger brother, is now looking for the best and most profitable way to use this property.
This restaurant was central to the controversy surrounding Paula Deen, but her employees had stuck by her during the accusations of racism. What do you think? What would you do if you found out you lost your job in this manner?