Burger King Workers Quit En Masse Via The Restaurant's Front Sign
Last week, all of the employees at a Burger King in Lincoln, Nebraska seemingly took the fast-food chain's slogan of “have it your way” to heart when it came to putting in their resignations, taking to the restaurant's sign to announce their group departure.
“WE ALL QUIT," read the letters displayed outside the establishment. “SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.” Although the message was ultimately removed on Saturday, the sentiment has still caused quite the buzz throughout the midwestern community, a move workers say was the direct result of allegedly poor working conditions. “They wanted to put up a sign to say, you know sorry there’s really not going to be anyone here,” Rachael Flores, the establishment's former General Manager told local ABC News affiliate, KLKN, noting the decision to use the front sign was intended to be “just kind of a laugh to upper management." “That got put up yesterday before we opened, and I didn’t think anybody was going to notice it, because we did just one sign, and then it went pretty crazy on Facebook. I got a call from my upper management and they told me I needed to take it down.”
Yet considering that after Flores put in her two weeks notice, eight of her colleagues followed suit, it seems hardly anyone was around the edit the very public announcement, a phenomenon the former GM says is indicative of the establishment's work culture. “They have gone through so many district managers since I’ve been GM,” Flores elaborated. “No one has come to the store to help me out. They’re so in and out.”
So why, exactly can't the Nebraskan Burger King retain its staff? According to some of its now ex-employees, the answer allegedly lies in poor working conditions, reportedly including 50-60 hour work weeks, the fact that that the restaurant only had 3-4 employees working during lunchtime, and that the kitchen wasn't air-conditioned, once reaching a sweltering 90-degrees.
Although at one point Flores says this intense heat prompted her to go to the hospital for dehydration, her boss allegedly gleaned absolutely nothing from the incident, claiming the general manager was being a “baby."
So, folks, remember, be kind to your employees, and they'll be kind to you.
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