Today’s Seattle Times has the fascinating story of a Quizno’s Sub location where the franchisee disappeared after just a month. Rather than deserting the store, the store’s manager and a handful of employees kept it running for months. The employees were only paid when there was a enough cash in the register, and after suppliers began refusing the store’s credit, manager Dawna Lentz began buying lunch meat at local stores. Handmade signs apologized for out-of-stock items like cup lids and almost all soda flavors.
Finally, reporters caught wind of the tale and alerted Quizno’s headquarters, who have paid the employees their back wages, kept them on staff, and brought the store up to snuff.