UnderCover Waitress: Goodbye, Friendly's

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Goodbye, Friendly's

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Friendly's is filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, which has led to the closing of 63 of it's chain restaurants. The employees and neighbors of the permanently closed locations were not informed until the last minute.

"Helen Smolak won’t have any trouble finding a job she tells us, because she has a loyal following of customers, but it won’t be the same.
“I am the opening waitress, I have been here 27 years, I have never missed a day, I have never called in sick.  Everybody knows me,” Smolak said tearfully."

For Smolak's sake, I hope she is right. Having a loyal following of customers neither creates nor guarantees her a job.

Chapter 11 is designed to help businesses reorganize and pay at least some of their debts over time. This being the case, many Friendly's restaurants are remaining open. 30 of the 63 closing locations are in Massachusetts, the state in which Friendly's was founded.

Helen Smolak is one of the 99 percent of us. 

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