Sup Dogs announced in a tweet Tuesday that the restaurant will be giving away free food to all Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen employees who arrive in uniform.
“Working in a restaurant is an incredibly hard job,” the tweet, posted on both the ECU and UNC-based accounts, said. “We respect the grind and appreciate the hard work!”
Bret Oliverio, owner of Sup Dogs restaurant, said he had been reading about people waiting in long lines for hours at the restaurants for the chicken sandwiches and he knew how grueling the work could be.
“The staff’s overworked, so you got to deal with the upset customer and insane volume,” he said. “So all I could think about was how rough it is on the Popeyes staff.”
One individual, referring to herself as the Popeyes district manager for the Greenville area, replied to the Sup Dogs ECU account’s tweet saying the amount of gratitude she had was immeasurable.
“Thanks for appreciating the hard work and dedication the Greenville, N.C. team has displayed,” she said. “I’ll personally make sure your staff receives the new chicken sandwich once it’s back in stock.”
Oliverio said Sup Dogs hasn’t seen much increase in business over the past couple of days after the offer, but that wasn’t his goal.