A Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers restaurant former employee in Texas shared the company’s famous secret recipe in Tweeter after being fired. According to the FOX report, social media did its thing and the tweet went viral, with thousands of retweets.
Twitter user @JanniAreYouOkay tweeted on Sept. 16, “Cane’s fired me.” She then said its famous secret sauce is just “mayo, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper [and] garlic powder.”
The tweet was retweeted and favorited thousands of times when the teen decided to update her followers with the exact measurements of the ingredients in the recipe and a picture of her own homemade version of the sauce, reports Fox 7 Austin.
Two days later, Raising Cane’s tweeted, “Did you know that only our Restaurant General Managers are told the secrets of our Cane’s Sauce? Now you know!”
Since the tweet with the recipe was shared, other Twitter users have said that they’ve tried the recipe and had success.
After the incident, The Employer Handbook shared basic tips on how to stop a former employee for sharing your trade secrets on social media.
- Protect your trade secrets. Make sure that you are taking prophylactic measures to make sure that information that is supposed to be confidential remains that way. A handbook provision is good. Training is good. A non-disclosure agreement is good.
- Label trade secrets and confidential information. That way employees don’t have to guess.
- Remind your employees not to share trade secrets and other confidential information. Yeah, I know. That seems kinda, “duh.” But, you’d be surprised the number of companies that take this for granted.
- Limit access to confidential information. Confidential information should be shared only with those employees who need access. And make sure that those employees safeguard those trade secrets
- Have a plan for offboarding. Require that all confidential information (and copies) be returned. Remind soon-to-be former employees that they cannot share confidential information. Make them sign a document reaffirming their obligation to not to share.