Chicken-Fried News: To Church’s 

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“Hello, my name is Hozier, and I’d like you to take me to church. Church’s Chicken, that is.”

Perhaps the saddest part of the 15 Church’s Chicken locations shut down by the Oklahoma Tax Commission is that our dreams of having Irish singer-songwriter Hozier come to our state to record a commercial for a fried chicken franchise are dashed.

It’s not, though. The saddest part is actually that a lot of people don’t have jobs. Way sadder. That Hozier thing is just a dumb joke.

Apparently, that is also how the Tulsa-based company Reciprocity Restaurant Group LLC treated requests from the tax commission that it pay its $400,000 sales tax bill.

“Ha ha,” they might have said. “What are you going to do, shut us down?!”

And then the tax commission was all like, “Yeah. Exactly. That’s exactly what we will do.”

The home office for Church’s, located in Georgia, said they are trying to reach Reciprocity head Lyndon Johnson to figure out why the tax bill wasn’t paid and how to reopen the restaurants. Meanwhile, Johnson’s family reported him missing on Nov. 3.

In the interim, Church’s is trying to reach local managers to provide immediate financial relief to employees. That’s so nice, it makes you want to eat at Church’s Chicken ... if you can find one open.

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