Franchisee Association Files Complaint with California over New Jack in the Box Leasing Arrangement

The National Jack in the Box Franchisee Association announced today that they have filed a complaint with the state of California over changes to their lease agreements that were made without their consent. The association, whose members own approximately 2,000 franchised restaurants out of 2,200 Jack in the Box locations in the United States, say the new arrangement could threaten their businesses.

Why California Is a Difficult State for Restaurants

Operating a restaurant in California can be tougher than usual. Governor Jerry Brown, 80, has been busy with his pen in recent weeks, signing into law measures that complicate running restaurants, such as one that requires full-service restaurants to stop automatically providing straws with drinks.

Fight at Chick-fil-A Gets Manager Fired

A fight at a Washington DC Chick-fil-A between belligerent customer Sean Turner, 55, and restaurant manager Rudolph Smith, 27, went viral on Twitter. Smith was fired.

Smith says he wishes it had gone differently, but he was defending himself. Customer Turner is shown in one of the videos punching Smith first. Police charged Turner, not Smith, who says if given the chance he would go back to work for Chick-fil-A.

In an email sent to several news outlets, Chick-fil-A stated:

Ousted Papa John's Founder Launches Site Telling His Side

After criticizing the National Football League's handling of player protests during the national anthem, John Schnatter on January 1, 2018, stepped down as CEO of Papa John's, the company that he founded 34 years ago.