A waitress taking order at Cracker Barrel. (Photo by: Jeff Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
The Cracker Barrel Code Word Scandal You May Not Be Aware Of
By Nick Johnson
The official Cracker Barrel website declares that "Discrimination, overt or through unconscious bias, has no place at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store." However, one TikTok scandal suggests that not every Cracker Barrel location fosters that spirit of inclusion.
TikTok user @cinamnhoney, a self-identified former Cracker Barrel hostess, claimed that her fellow employees used the word “Canadian” to profile Black customers. Other commenters claimed to experience the same thing, with one saying, "I worked in a restaurant for years, this is true unfortunately. Every restaurant I worked at used it, too.”
Cracker Barrel's history includes other incidents of alleged discriminatory behavior, as in 2006, 51 employees were awarded a total of $2 million after winning a suit about racial and sexual harassment. In 2015, Cracker Barrel settled another discrimination lawsuit that centered around segregating Black customers for $8.7 million.