Viral sensations and memes on Facebook make our day. Celebrations, the unexpected and even rants are routinely posted. That’s what happened when an Indiana man posted on Cracker Barrel’s Facebook page asking why his wife was let go after 11 years of working for the restaurant chain. It’s turned into a hilarious viral sensation overnight.
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Bradley Reid’s wife, Nanette, was abruptly fired from her retail manager job at Cracker Barrel a few weeks ago. Bradley took to their Facebook page to get answers, but he wasn’t counting on an army of Facebook trolls to help him out. In the process Brad and his wife have become the internet’s favorite new meme.
Cracker Barrel’s Facebook page has been flooded with “Brad’s Wife” memes and questions about the firing. You have to pity the poor social media manager who runs their account because it’s a true mess over there right now.
Bradley noticed he had “supporters” in his corner and wrote a message to them on his Facebook account. “I would really like to know why and those of you who know me these days, know that I WILL find out. In the meantime, if any of you would like to know also, please go to their Facebook page and ask them. I would really appreciate it,” he wrote.
The “what happened to Brad’s wife” meme took over and even a hashtag, #JusticeforBradsWife, was created.
The trolls even took it as far as making a Twitter account called “Brad’s wife” that would keep the meme going. A Change.org petition that has 17,000 signatures was created in the efforts of bringing more attention to the incident.
Now sure, some of these people were being genuine about helping Nanette get her job back, but others were simply trying to make the meme bigger with more followers.
When there were no responses from the restaurant, the internet demanded their voices be heard, so they created Yelp reviews inquiring about Brad’s wife and leaving 1-star reviews.
Chick-fil-A even got in on the fun by putting a job offer for Brad’s wife on one of their stores in GeorgiaST billboards.
Shortly after he created the initial post on Feb. 27, Brad realized he’d created a monster on social media and kindly asked those that are trolling the restaurant to stop. He reminded everyone “that some very good people work for them.”
It’s too late now. This meme will only end when the internet finds another online story to follow. But trolls are resourceful, so it shouldn’t be long before Brad’s wife is simply a memory and a new cause demands their attention.