Jimmy John's fires employees seen making a noose

Marco Green
July 7, 2020

Jimmy John's, a nationwide chain of sandwich restaurants, said it has fired the employees involved in an incident it says was "unacceptable".

Four employees of a Georgia sandwich shop were fired after making a noose out of bread dough and filming themselves playing with it. The workers who are shown in the video appear to be white.

The video, which was originally shared on Snapchat, was set behind a "Happy 4th of July" filter.

Jimmy John's responded to the video, saying, "We have zero tolerance for racism or discrimination in any form".

As soon as the video began to gain traction across social media, Jimmy John's made it clear that the actions of these employees do not represent the restaurant and its brand.

The company added that it was meeting with the franchisee to "conduct training to help prevent anything like this from ever happening again".

Jimmy John's condemned the video in a statement on Twitter.

The 16-second video was taken at a Jimmy John's location in Woodstock, Georgia, according to McClatchy News.

Many netizens called out the employees' actions as a racist mockery of the historic lynching of Black Americans.

It's unclear if the statement came from Jimmy John's founder Jimmy John Liautaud, a trophy hunter who was recently featured in a Business Insider profile which detailed that his wife had donated $100,000 to US President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection campaign.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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