Burger King workers write ‘we all quit’ on sign, walk out of Nebraska restaurant

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‘WE ALL QUIT’: Burger King sign going viral after workers walk out

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Rachael Flores, general manager of the Burger King in Lincoln, Nebraska, since January, posted this photo on her Facebook account. The sign in front of the store reads, “WE ALL QUIT -- SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.”

Flores, along with eight other employees, put in their two weeks’ notice before putting up the sign that went viral, according to KLKN.

She said the Burger King had no air conditioning for weeks while she and her employees were made to continue working. The kitchen reached over 90 degrees at one point. Flores was hospitalized for dehydration. She said her boss reacted by saying she was being a “baby.”

After finding out about the sign, Flores’ boss fired her.

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9 Employees at a Nebraska Burger King Announced Their Resignations By Writing on the Restaurant's Billboard, 'We All Quit. Sorry for the Inconvenience'

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You might expect the sign outside a Burger King to offer you a summary of the day's deals, a number of sales made. The sign outside a Lincoln, Neb. Burger King was a little different. 

"WE ALL QUIT," it read. "SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE."

Rachael Flores, a former general manager at the store who gave her two weeks after frustrations with management and the working conditions at the restaruant, told local news outlet KLN-TV that eight fellow employees quit soon after. 

"They wanted to put up a sign to say, you know, 'Sorry there's really not going to be anyone here,'" Flores said. "Just kind of a laugh to upper management. That got put up 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."

Flores said that due to an ever-changing staff of district managers, her particular branch had been overlooked, leading to working conditions that included 90-degree temperatures in the kitchen, resulting in severe dehydration, and 50- to 60-hour work weeks.

Fellow employees like Kylee Johnson backed up Flores's story to KLN-TV. "I knew what was going on staffing-wise," she said. "We were just waiting for more people to come then and we got nobody."

Flores said her boss called her a baby. After the sign went viral on social media, her boss then told her she was fired and asked her to hand in her keys. Flores and Johnson said they believed other Burger King workers in the area were subjected to similar treatment.

Public message from fed-up Burger King workers to bosses goes viral

New York Post 12 July, 2021 - 03:04pm

By Jorge Fitz-Gibbon

July 12, 2021 | 4:04pm | Updated July 12, 2021 | 4:25pm

A crew of fed-up Burger King employees took their beef with their bosses public — with a simple message on the fast-food mecca’s display sign that’s since gone viral.

“WE ALL QUIT,” the sign outside the Lincoln, Nebraska, eatery said, KLKN-TV reported. “SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.”

The message, which restaurant management had taken down on Saturday, was the handiwork of a crew of disgruntled employees who had decided to quit over difficult working conditions and long hours.

Former general manager Rachael Flores, among the nine workers who hung up their aprons, said she once landed in the hospital with dehydration after working in the steamy kitchen without air conditioning.

“They have gone through so many district managers since I’ve been GM,” said Flores, who started working at the eatery in January, told KLKN. “No one has come to the store to help me out. They’re so in and out.”

She said the idea for the sign was cooked up by her staff as “just kind of a laugh to upper management,” she told the station.

“I didn’t think anybody was going to notice it, because we did just one sign, and then it went pretty crazy on Facebook,” she said. “I got a call from my upper management and they told me I needed to take it down.”

Flores’ boss then told her to turn in her keys and 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 badly 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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Burger King staff put up "We All Quit" sign, condemn management

Newsweek 12 July, 2021 - 12:46pm

The image shows that the large sign outside the restaurant on July 10 read: "WE ALL QUIT. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE."

Rachael Flores, the former general manager at the branch, revealed to KLKN Channel 8, that the employees had put the sign up as they were disgruntled with the way they were treated, but were told to take it down by upper management.

Flores, who had recently given notice in her role, told the news outlet: "They wanted to put up a sign to say, you know sorry there's really not going to be anyone here.

"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."

She went on to criticize the managerial system at the restaurant chain, claiming: "They have gone through so many district managers since I've been GM. No one has come to the store to help me out. They're so in and out."

Another former Burger King staffer, Kylee Johnson, explained: "I just stayed to help Rachael out. She's my best friend. She's been with me through a lot.

"I just want to help her as much as I can. I knew what was going on staffing-wise. We were just waiting for more people to come then and we got nobody."

Flores also alleged that staff at the Burger King had to work without air-conditioning for weeks, which cumulated in her being hospitalized for dehydration.

The pair of former employees also claimed that the restaurant suffered from staffing issues and often they would only have three to four people working during lunch.

Flores explained that she routinely worked 50 to 60 hour weeks, and she and Johnson agreed it was unsafe to have such a small amount of employees on staff.

Flores was fired after the sign went up, and alleges that while the restaurant is currently open it is still understaffed and lots of new employees leave just a few days after their first shift.

She also explained that upper management was not aware the sign was going to go up and that staff had been joking about doing it the day before they followed through on the idea.

Recently a video went viral on TikTok claiming staff at McDonald's in California had all quit, however the fast-food chain stated to Newsweek that: "The video misrepresents the events that unfolded."

Newsweek has contacted Burger King for comment.

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