VIDEO: Sonic Drive-Thru Gets Eaten By A Massive Sinkhole

Ever wonder what it would be like if the ground opened up and swallowed a Sonic whole? Well the people of Cleveland, GA, almost got to see just that when much of their local fast food joint — along with the parking lot of the neighboring car wash — sunk several feet into the earth earlier this week.

Amazingly, no one was hurt when the sinkhole, blamed on recent heavy rainfall in the area, opened up. The employees and customers were able to get out and the Sonic’s manager even snapped some cellphone footage of the eatery’s front section sinking into the hole.


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  1. digital0verdose says:

    Since we are talking about Sonic; what exactly is the tipping situation for a fast food place that is already relatively overpriced?

    • AustinTXProgrammer says:

      Tipping isn’t expected at Sonic, but they are allowed to accept. If you pay by credit card you are not given an opportunity to add a tip and must do so in cash if inclined.

      This in contrast with our dominate local grocery store where the employees are threatened with termination if they accept a tip (such as when they help load groceries into the car).

    • outoftheblew says:

      At a local Sonic that I stopped going to because of the routine problems I had with simple orders, one carhop gave me my food but not my change and started walking away. I asked her if she had my change. She looked surprised and said, “Oh, I thought it was my tip.”

    • DogiiKurugaa says:

      Depends on the Sonic actually. There are some franchise owners who only pay waitress minimum and expect the carhops to get tips. I’m pretty sure the one in my area does that.

    • Pax says:

      IMO: if someone comes out to you, takes your order, and brings back th food? They’ve earned a tip.

      If, OTOH, you go up to the counter, and carry your own food away? Tips are nice, but not obligatory.

    • UnbelieverDjak says:

      If they’re on skates and the service isn’t bad, I tip a dollar.

  2. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    The Apolocypse is nigh!

  3. parv says:

    Anbody know of a cell phone (available in USA) with better video quality (than shown above of the sinking)?

  4. daveinva says:

    It’s like the end of Poltergeist, but with fast food.


  5. Level-Headed, Even-handed says:

    I don’t blame the earth…

    Sonic is tasty

  6. tinyhands says:

    Even the CHUDs love chili-cheese tots.

  7. jecowa says:


    • WayneB says:

      Cleveland GA is in the northeast corner of the state, not far from Tennessee. The terrain there is Appalachian.

  8. Harry_Greek says:

    My GOD – I’ve never seen so many fat, shirtless white people before in one place.

  9. jecowa says:

    Would have been a bad felin’ had y’all been sittin’ on an outside table manchin on uh hamburger an fries an then it collapse underneath you.

  10. Consumeristing says:

    Sonics are cursed. I remember a couple of years ago in SoCal, one opened up. A week later it burned down.

  11. SPOON - now with Forkin attitude says:

    That’s horrible. I’d never go to sonic and order a sinkhole. Unless I was in florida.

  12. samonela says:

    Ricky Pruitt needs subtitles.

  13. Smiley Massacre says:

    Mother Earth was hankering for a Fritos chili cheese wrap.

  14. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    See Cletus, I done tol’ ya getting chili on your fries wouldn’t be a good idear!

  15. iParadox{InLove} says:

    Oh come on! All of us folks from Georgia aren’t Rednecks! Heck, I even like Doctor Who and Torchwood, that has to count for something right? :(

  16. evilpete says:

    And. I say! the GROUND WILL OPEN up and take the CALORIC SINNERS to HELL!!!!

    Hallelujah !!! AMEN !!!

  17. Jennifer says:

    I work just down the road from this Sonic. I estimate that I will lose about 3 pounds a week until it’s rebuilt, since I will no longer have easy access to tater tots and Limeade Chillers.

    This not the first fast-food tragedy to strike Cleveland, GA – the Zaxby’s burned down a few months ago. God is trying to do something about all those fat white people you saw in the video.

  18. Alessar says:

    I’m glad everyone got out — I’m curious how obvious it was inside that a sinkhole was forming. Did the hole form in the parking lot and come their way? Was the building shaking?

  19. failurate says:

    The land in that area just hasn’t been the same since they dammed the Cahulawassee River.

  20. Kuri says:

    Damn shame. I love going to Sonic on occassion.

  21. bumblefoot2004 says:

    So much for happy hour. More like misery hour.

  22. 51yoFunFabFloridaFemale says:

    I’m repeating myself from the story about the McDonald’s customer shooting himself, but …..this fast food stuff is gonna’ kill all of us, one way or the other!