June 3, 2023

An employee of a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Chicago was caught on video vandalizing the store after allegedly not getting paid for a month.

TikTok user Sarah (@itsrah26) posted a now-viral video on Tuesday of the unidentified man cutting open bags and boxes of food, causing other damage at the fast-food restaurant.

As of Thursday morning, the video had been viewed nearly 101,000 times.

Text on the video said, “This is what happens when you don’t get paid for a month.”

At the beginning of the video, the man can be seen cutting open a bag of raw chicken and throwing the pieces on the floor.

The next clip shows him opening boxes of fries and throwing the food on the floor.

A third clip shows what appears to be a completely destroyed warehouse with overturned shelves, opened boxes and overturned bins.

Various foods and a liquid can be seen covering most of the floor.

Photos after the video clips show damage to the registers and cut electrical cords.

The final music video reads “at least he’s got his money” as he shows an empty cash drawer on the counter and slides to the window where police officers and a Chicago police vehicle can be seen outside the restaurant.

A Popeyes employee can be seen cutting open a bag of raw chicken and throwing it on the floor.
A Popeyes employee can be seen cutting open a bag of raw chicken and throwing it on the floor.

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The Popeyes employee almost empties the entire bag of chicken onto the floor.
The Popeyes employee almost empties the entire bag of chicken onto the floor.
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In the comments section of the video, which has more than 400 contributions, a handful of TikTok users seemed to understand the destruction and even said they would do something similar given the situation.

“A whole month? I’m on his side,” one user wrote.

Another said, “No, he went ballistic. But rightly so.”

Other users commented that he reacted in the wrong way, suggesting he should have quit much sooner, reporting that he wasn’t getting paid, or hiring lawyers and suing the company.

Food can be seen all over the kitchen floor in the Popeyes.
Food can be seen all over the kitchen floor in the Popeyes restaurant.
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An empty cash drawer was seen at the end of the clip, just before the video shows a police officer outside the restaurant.
An empty cash drawer was seen at the end of the clip, just before the video shows a police officer outside the restaurant.
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“I understand his anger, but now he’s definitely not getting paid,” said one of the comments. “This is a company. He could have sued and gotten a nice settlement.’

Other commenters wrote, “I mean, now you definitely haven’t been paid and you probably have to pay damages,” and “Unfortunately, you’re going to have to pay now. You should have gotten a lawyer or contacted the bored labor.”

It is not clear whether the employee has been arrested.