As if Paula Deen weren’t already just about the worst person in the world you could work for, now we find out that she’s also among the worst bosses you could ever not work for. First there was that discrimination and harassment lawsuit — a story which we are contractually required to remind you was broken by Yr Wonkette. And while the suit was eventually dismissed, Deen’s teevee show was cancelled she lost her big-money endorsement contracts. Then Thursday morning, Deen suddenly closed down Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House, the Georgia restaurant that she and her idiot racist brother Earl W. “Bubba” Hiers Jr. owned together. And just to add that extra dollop of shame-butter, employees at the restaurant didn’t find out about the closure until they showed up for work. We are beginning to think this Paula Deen is not an especially nice lady.
The Savannah Morning News reports that employees had the privilege of collecting their severance checks in the parking lot.
The only announcement of the closure was a short note on the restaurant’s FacePlace page saying, “Thank you for 10 great years. Uncle Bubba’s is now closed.” After commenters piled on to condemn Deen’s failure to inform employees in advance, the Facebook page is also now gone.
But don’t worry! Everything’s going to be fine, at least for Paula and Bubba. In a statement from the restaurant’s PR firm, Key Group Worldwide, we learn that Deen and Hiers decided they’d
“close the restaurant in order to explore development options for the waterfront property on which the restaurant is located … At this point, no specific plans have been announced, and a range of uses are under consideration in order realize the highest and best use for the property.”
It’s a relief to know that they’re going to land on their slippery buttery feet! Oh, and the statement also promised that “All effort will be made to find employees comparable employment with other Savannah restaurant organizations,” so we bet that even if they didn’t bother telling the employees they’d be out of a job yesterday, Deen and Hiers are going to make up for it by working really hard to help them find news jobs — they’re just such nice, considerate folks, you know. Bubba will get right on making some calls, at least after he’s finished watching his porn.
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