Normally, the location where a story happens is less important than the story itself.
Corydon, Indiana, located 132 miles south of Indianapolis — 25 miles from Louisville, Kentucky — was the Hoosier state’s original capital. With a population of all of 3,119, the historic stop along I-64 does have a Cracker Barrel restaurant.
That’s where the story begins. Where it ends is anyone’s guess.
As reported by The Washington Post — yes, the story has spread way beyond little Corydon — Bradley Byrd’s wife was fired from her job of 11 years by Cracker Barrel in February. As any good husband might, Bradley asked just one, simple question:
“Why did you fire my wife?”
He turned to Facebook to find out. He first posted about wife Nanette’s firing on his own page.
“I would really like to know why and those of you who know me these days, know that I WILL find out. In the mean time, if any of you would like to know also, please go to their Facebook page and ask them. I would really appreciate it.”
“Their” being Cracker Barrel’s corporate Facebook page.
As of Friday, according to WaPo, Bradley still didn’t have an answer. But he, and apparently the rest of America, still wants one. Demands one.
— Darryl Kang (@dk) March 25, 2017
— Jessica (@TheConvFeminist) March 23, 2017
— SpicyBrycy (@Bryswilson) March 23, 2017
The Cracker Barrel drama continues. ?
Posted by People on Thursday, March 23, 2017
— Avi (@SavvyAvi) March 23, 2017
— Candice Leichty (@Candyland1125) March 23, 2017
NEW JAM!! BRADS WIFE!#standwithbradswife #notmycrackerbarrel#whatshernamedamnit#justiceforbradswife #11yearsofservice
Posted by J.R. Ramsey on Wednesday, March 22, 2017
A Texas Chick-fil-A even stepped up to the plate and offered Brad’s wife a job:
— Scotti Simpson (@ScottiSimpson) March 24, 2017
As did this Hooters:
— Hooters (@Hooters) March 24, 2017
Did I mention that Brad’s wife was fired on his birthday? True:
— Susan Mascari (@SusanMascari) March 24, 2017
— ClarksLilDemon (@natasha_walden) March 23, 2017
By Thursday, as the meme raged on, Brad posted an update on his Facebook page:
Good morning.I still have not heard from "said" company. I would like everyone to remember that some very good people…
Good morning. I still have not heard from “said” company. I would like everyone to remember that some very good people work for them. The people at the Corydon location are our friends (like family) and are just trying to make a living. So if you want answers, please direct questions to the home office. They are the ones who fired my wife. Thanks to all for the continued support and I will keep you informed…#stillwaiting
To be fair, Cracker Barrel has not commented publicly — Heavy reached out to the company, and had not received a response as of Thursday. Until it does, if ever, the question remains: “Why did you fire Brad’s wife?”