The carhops rolling up to customers’ car windows at company-owned Sonic Drive-Ins are working harder to win tips. In an unconventional move for a quick-service restaurant chain, parent Sonic Corp. last year shifted the classification of its carhops from hourly wage earners to tipped employees who receive a lower cash wage with the difference being made up in tips. Analysts note that the move should help the chain control labor costs, which continue to rise in the industry. ...

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