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Sonic seeks re-do after local employees’ “f*ck you”

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In February, conflict surrounding a change in ownership of central Ohio Sonic Drive-In locations led to mass-walkouts by Sonic employees. The exodus was accompanied by at least two profanity-strewn letters penned by disgruntled staff, found taped to the glass doors of area Sonic locations:

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Now, Sonic President Christina Vaughan says it was all a big misunderstanding.

In an article posted by Columbus Business First, Vaughan claims that the embittered employees’ decision to quit was based on “unfortunate misinformation.”

The issues began when Sonic’s corporate headquarters took ownership of 10 central Ohio restaurant locations from previous franchisees. According to Vaughan, area Sonic locations had been understaffed under their previous owners. Apparently, bringing on new crew led to unrest among veteran Sonic employees, who felt they were being passed over for opportunities in the company.

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Additionally, some Sonic employees were under the impression that their wages would be cut under the new owner—a concern that Vaughan now claims was unfounded. “100% of employees are making the same, if not more, now,” she told Business First.

Though Sonic did close two central Ohio restaurants—Groveport and Whitehall—neither of those locations had protesting employees.

Going forward, Sonic looks to improve its standing in the Columbus market through operational and technological improvements. Stalls in central Ohio restaurants will soon feature Sonic’s new interactive screen system, which can be connected to the Sonic smartphone app.

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“Celebrating Chris Bradley,” 10TV to air special tonight

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“We really miss Chris being a part of our lives.” 

From his husband and children, to his church, to 10TV, to people all across central Ohio, Chris Bradley was a beloved member of so many families. While he may be gone from this earth, the memories of Chris and his life of love, compassion, selflessness, and community will continued to be shared.

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See what’s ahead for Chris’s family and legacy on 10TV’s “Celebrating Chris Bradley,” tonight at 5:00 PM.

Celebrating Chirs Bradley and his legacy

"We really miss Chris being a part of our lives." Chris Bradley was a part of 10TV's family and families across central Ohio. Now, see what's ahead for his family and legacy — Monday at 5 p.m. on 10TV.

Posted by 10TV – WBNS on Sunday, July 21, 2019
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You might recognize new pop-up in the Short North

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Sprint, jump, jog to the Short North for day 1 of Lululemon’s yearlong pop-up. The popular athletic apparel company is now open at 640 N. High St.

Depending on the success of the pop-up, Lululemon could be a permanent installation on High Street.

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You could personally welcome Lululemon to the neighborhood by attending the grand opening event this Sunday, July 21 which will feature an outdoor yoga session.

This is Lululemon’s second stint in Short North with the first having been from 2008-2010 before the Easton and Polaris stores opened.

Lululemon Short North will be open from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Sundays.

For more information, click here.

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No butts about it, Ohio raises smoking age to 21

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In a move that nicotine-addicted members of Gen-Z are sure to find totally “un-lit,” state lawmakers have raised the legal age for tobacco sales to 21.

The bill, which passed as part of the new state budget, would have included a provision exempting people who turn 18 before October 1 from the new restrictions—but Governor Mike Dewine vetoed that portion of the law.

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Products such as cigarettes, rolling papers, vaping products and chewing tobacco are now only available for legal sale to those 21 and up.

Sorry, kids. You’ll just have to wait a few more years to start wasting money on products that damage your health in countless ways!

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