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‘I only make $13.50 an hour’: Panera worker says employee discount was changed from 50% to 15% without notice

'Y’all are paying for food at work?' one commenter wrote.


Brooke Sjoberg


Posted on Dec 8, 2022

A Panera employee’s video letting viewers know that the employee discount has been slashed from 50% to 15% has current and former employees ruminating on their various locations’ employee discount policy.

In the video, which has been viewed more than 115,000 times on TikTok, an employee uses a text overlay to tell viewers about the reduction, jokingly paired with an audio of someone saying they will rob a store.

In the video’s caption, the poster makes clear this is a joke and that they have no intention of robbing anyone.

“When they change our 50% discount to 15% without telling anyone,” a text overlay on the video reads.

The Daily Dot is not linking to the post or identifying the user as they say they are under 18 in their bio and the Daily Dot was unable to contact them.

Some viewers said their store had been offering less or more than that as an employee discount previously.

“I used to get like 65% off, I would riot,” one commenter wrote.

Other users agreed that Panera had since gone downhill with their offerings to workers.

“It was 75% when I started at Panera and they changed it to 25% one day and I never paid for food again,” another commenter wrote.

“We do get 50% but if other employees want food I’m not about to make them pay for it,” a commenter wrote.

Others wrote that they found ways around the employee discount policy while working for the restaurant chain.

“Since I did line I always just made my food and went on break but I left Panera, its the worst fast food job tbh,” one commenter wrote.

“Girl I would ‘accidentally’ make an extra smokehouse bbq chicken and leave it for me,” another commenter wrote.

“Y’all actually ring up your meals?” a commenter wrote. “I take that shit and leave.”

The Daily Dot has reached out to the user regarding the video via the comment section as other methods of contact were not available, as well as to Panera directly via email to confirm the reduction of employee discounts.

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*First Published: Dec 8, 2022, 9:57 am CST