Texas Roadhouse CEO Gave Away His Salary and Bonus of $800k to Help Employees During Pandemic | 22 Words

The CEO of the restaurant chain, Texas Roadhouse, has been hailed as a hero for his incredible selflessness and generosity during the pandemic.

Keep scrolling for the full story, and to find out how he has supported his staff during this difficult time...

We are living through one of the worst pandemics the world has seen in decades.

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Since December 2019, a deadly outbreak of the coronavirus - or COVID-19, as it is scientifically referred to as - has brought the world to a total standstill.

At the initial outbreak of the deadly virus, world leaders ordered full lockdowns upon their countries...

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Ultimately forcing millions of people to quarantine at home.

Shops, restaurants, and bars have been forced to close indefinitely...

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And our once-bustling streets now lay deserted.

It has been a truly dire time.

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The virus has spread across the globe like wildfire and, at the time of writing, there are now over 9 million coronavirus cases with a further 471,000 deaths.

And, sadly, some have been affected much worse than others.

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Those who work in the hospitality industry have been hit notoriously hard as the virus forced the indefinite closure of the majority of the world's bars and restaurants.

Millions have been left without work...

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And, in some more serious cases, some have been left with virtually no income to support themselves and their families.

It's been a terrifying and uncertain time for our hospitality workers...

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But there is one boss who has gone the extra mile to ensure his employees aren't left to struggle.

Kent Taylor is the CEO of the popular restaurant chain, Texas Roadhouse...

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And he has done something incredible to support his staff during the pandemic.

At the start of the pandemic, Taylor immediately jumped to action to protect both the lives and the livelihoods of his employees.

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First, he bought latex gloves, masks, and eyewear for the workers in all his 600 restaurants, and he also got to work creating a stimulus package specifically for the Texas Roadhouse family.

"It’s how I was raised. I did what I felt was right."

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Taylor, sixty-four, told PEOPLE: "This is that kind of time where you have to persist and think differently and take care of those that are with you and lift everyone’s spirits and march forward."

But then, the CEO took things one step further.

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When he was forced to close his restaurants, he knew that he'd be leaving thousands of employees without work and, ultimately, without a secure income.

So, he decided to give a little something back.

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Amazingly, the CEO donated the entirety of his yearly salary and his bonus to all of his employees.

As you can imagine, these donations totaled to a substantial sum of money...

Over $800,000, to be precise.

And, on top of this donation...

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A single Texas Roadhouse employee is yet to be laid off or made redundant - Taylor has kept them all on the books.

"We are blessed to have his leadership."

"Kent Taylor has always said that Texas Roadhouse is a People-company that just happens to serve great steaks. The donation of his salary and bonus to help employees is the embodiment of that saying," a Texas Roadhouse spokesperson told The Hill.

And he didn't stop there.

He also contributed a further $5 million to an emergency fund called Andy’s Outreach, which he had set up for his employees eighteen-years ago to help with expenses such as rent and mortgage payments, utility bills, and funeral expenses.

Of the fund's origins, Taylor explained:

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"We were doing that to take care of our people that might have a loved one die that needed money for a funeral or an operation. It would transition to where people gave part of their paycheck, whether ten cents or ten dollars, to help our people during times of need."

Taylor's charitable move has earnt him significant praise online.

"I always liked Texas Roadhouse, but this makes me love them so much more. Thank you, Kent Taylor. Class act, sir."

He has earned the respect of people from all over the globe.

"God bless Kent Taylor!"

Kent Taylor - You're a legend.

For more on generous donations, keep scrolling to find out what the Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, donated to the pandemic...