By Victor Omondi
A team of tired Burger King employees went public with their beef against their bosses in a simple message on the fast-food chain’s billboard that has since gone viral.
“WE ALL QUIT,” read the sign outside the Lincoln, Nebraska restaurant, with “SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE” written under it, according to KLKN-TV.
The message, which restaurant management removed on Saturday, was the work of a team of disgruntled employees who decided to resign due to difficult working conditions and long working hours. The staff says they did that because they were upset by the working conditions at the restaurant, complaining of broken air conditioning in the kitchen that pushed temperatures to 90 degrees.
Former general manager Rachael Flores, among nine workers who hung up their aprons, said she’d previously landed in the hospital with dehydration after working in the scorching kitchen without air conditioning.
“They’ve gone through so many district managers since I became general manager,” Flores told KLKN. “No one came to the store to help me. They are so inside and out.
Since January, Flores had reportedly been working at the fast-food chain and put in her two weeks notice this month, saying she’d often worked up to 60 hours per week. Eight of her co-workers followed her lead, voicing complaints of an understaffed restaurant, according to the KLKN news report.
Flores said her staff concocted the idea for the sign as “just kind of a laugh for the top management,” she told the station.
“I didn’t think anyone was going to notice it because we only made one sign and then it got pretty crazy on Facebook,” she said. “I got a call from my senior management and they told me I had to withdraw it. “
Flores’ boss then told her to turn in her keys, following which she was fired, the outlet said.
Another ex-worker, Kylee Johnson, said she had only remained at the burger joint to help out Flores, whose restaurant she said was severely understaffed.
“I knew what was going on staffing-wide,” Johnson said. “We were just waiting for more people to come then and we got nobody.”
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