'We all quit': Burger King employees' sign goes viral

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According to CNN, an entire group of Burger King employees at a Burger King location in Lincoln, Nebraska quit their jobs over poor working conditions. WPLG Local 10'We All Quit:' Burger King sign goes viral after all employees quit

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What a way to quit a job.

Employees at a Burger King in Nebraska recently made their resignations known by posting it to the sign outside the fast-food restaurant.

The sign, which said, "we all quit," and "sorry for the inconvenience," quickly went viral. Rachael Flores, the former manager at the Burger King near Lincoln, said the staff was fed up with their working conditions, including broken air conditioning in the kitchen that caused temperatures to sour into the 90s.

"It's just so hot in there," she told CNN.

Flores said she ended up in the hospital to receive fluids for dehydration. She, along with eight staff members, gave their two-week notices at the same time and collaborated to send a final message to management.

"We wanted a big laugh to them so 'we all quit' was mainly to them," Flores said.

Some of the reactions to the sign showed support.

One comment said, "I have nothing but respect, and an unfortunate craving for an egg and cheese croissant."

But other reactions basically told the employees to suck it up.

"Little kids crying," one comment said. "Get over it. Welcome to being an adult."

Flores said she and another resigning employee changed the letters on the sign early in the morning and, within a few hours, she got a call from upper management.

"He told me I needed to have it taken down," she said. "I told him I couldn't do that because we were short-staffed and lunch was just starting."

Then, another boss came and asked for her key and her card. After about 6 hours, the viral sign was replaced by one that said, "Now hiring. Flexible schedules."

Burger King officials said in a statement that "the work experience described at this location is not in line with our brand values. Our franchisee is looking into this situation to ensure this doesn't happen again in the future."

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'We all quit! Sorry for the inconvenience': Burger King staff announce resignation in huge ad sign

Daily Mail 14 July, 2021 - 12:49pm

By Melissa Koenig For Dailymail.Com

A Nebraska Burger King has gone viral on social media, after the staff put up a sign reading: 'We all quit. Sorry for the inconvenience.'  

Employees at the Lincoln franchise claimed it had been understaffed for months, while they have had to work in a kitchen with no air conditioning, even as temperatures reached above 90-degrees.   

Now ex-general manager Rachael Flores said employees decided to pull the stunt after she put in her two-weeks notice earlier this month, and eight other employees followed suit, she told KLKN.

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

They joked on July 9 that they should put up a sign outside the store in the Havelock neighborhood telling customers the store wasn't open because they all quit. 

The next morning, the employees followed through with their plans, she said.

'I didn't think anyone was going to notice it, because we just did one sign,' she said, and then it went crazy on Facebook.

'I got a call from my upper management, and they told me I needed to take it down.' 

A photo of a Burger King has gone viral after its employees put up a sign saying: 'We all quit. Sorry for the inconvenience'

Now ex-general manager Rachael Flores (left) her best friend, Kylee Johnson  (right) said employees decided to pull the stunt after Flores put in her two-weeks notice earlier this month

In response, though, Flores said she told the upper management that she could not take down the sign as she was already short-staffed, at which point they told her to leave - one day before her official last day.

Flores says the working conditions have driven the staff away.  

She claims at one point she was hospitalized with dehydration from the poor working conditions, 'and my boss was upset when I first left the store because I had been late for an over-the-phone managers meeting.

'Then when I told him what was going on he said I was making up excuses.'

But, she said, since she started working at the fast food restaurant in August, 'they have gone through so many district managers,' and 'no one has come to the store to help me out.'

She said she forced to run breakfast with just two people on staff, and three people for the lunch rush, and would often work up to 60 hours per week.

A Burger King spokesperson told DailyMail.com: 'The work experience described at this location is not in line with our brand values. Our franchisee is looking into this situation to ensure this doesn’t happen in the future.'

Employees at the Lincoln, Nebraska franchise (pictured) said the restaurant had been severely understaffed and they were forced to work up to 60 hours per week in 90-degree temperatures without air conditioning

Flores posted 'one of the original photos' to Facebook, writing: 'We quit cause upper management was a joke and had no care for me or my employees.'

Her best friend, Kylee Johnson, who said she had started working at the franchise in January because she knew Flores needed help, and was planning on quitting as soon as more employees were hired, also took to Facebook to write about the experience.

'When your GM puts in her two weeks, and then eight other employees including yourself put in their two weeks,' she wrote with a laughing emoji.

'I’m so f****** proud of my best friend for all her hard work and for being such an incredible manager,' she wrote. 'She put in her notice with no knowledge that we would follow suit.'  

'Anywho,' she continued, 'hopefully BK will learn how to treat their employees before they completely shut down.'

'Oh and if you’re wondering, Havelock is probably gonna be closed until further notice.'

Rachael Flores, the former general manager of the restaurant, posted a photo of the sign

Her best friend, Kylee Johnson, who started working at the franchise in January to help Flores out, also took to Facebook to post about the sign they had put up. Her post was shared more than 2,600 times, garnering at least 1,300 reactions

Johnson and Flores spoke about their experiences at the restaurant in an interview

That post was shared more than 2,600 times, with at least 1,300 reactions as of Monday. 

The store, however, is still open they told KLKN, but continues to be operated by a reduced staff, with new hires quitting just days after they start.

The viral walk-out comes as workers throughout the country refuse to take low-paying jobs.

At the end of March, job vacancies reached a record high of over 8 million, but Sylvia Allegretto, a University of California at Berkeley labor economist said the United States isn't facing a labor shortage. It is instead facing a 'wage and benefits shortage.'

'There's simply no labor shortage when you're talking about finding house cleaners for a hotel,' she told the Los Angeles Times. 'There is a shortage of workers who want to work at what you're offering.'

The national unemployment rate in June was 5.9 percent, up from 5.8 percent in May, but those who have received unemployment benefits during the pandemic may have the 'financial cushion' to search for a better paying job rather than settle for a minimum-wage job, the LA Times reports.

As a result, fast food Mexican chain Chipotle announced in May it would raise hourly wages to $15 by the end of June and would offer its employees referral bonuses for any new hire they recruit.

Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal record highs for job vacancies at more than 8million on the last day of March as businesses struggle to recruit staff

The viral post comes as low-wage employers struggle to find employees

Experts say there is not a shortage of available workers, but people are more comfortable finding a higher-wage job following the pandemic. In May, activists participated in a 'Wage Strike' outside a restaurant in Washington, D.C.

Soon after, McDonalds said it would raise its hourly wages an average of 10 percent, and Southwest Airlines, Walmart and Costco pledged to lift their minimum wages to at least $15.

The unemployment benefits pay more than most minimum-wage jobs, and are due to continue until September as part of Biden's $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package approved in March.  

'While unemployment benefits were helpful during the pandemic to keep laid off workers afloat, the fact that many are now making more money sitting on the couch than being back at work is creating an unbelievable labor shortage for small businesses,' said Job Creators Network president Alfredo Ortiz.

'The Democrats should realize times have changed and reduce unemployment benefits accordingly.'

The combined benefits can total as much as $600 a week in some states.

It is not just conservative critics who see that as a problem. A recent Bank of America analyst note said the cash meant anyone earning less than $32,000 before the pandemic would be better off taking the benefits instead of working.

Biden, however, has defended his strategy and said anyone turning down a 'suitable' job would lose their benefits. 

'The line has been because of the generous unemployment benefits, that it's a major factor in labor shortages,' he said in response to criticism.

'Americans want to work. Americans want to work.'

At least six governors disagree. The Republican governors of Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, South Carolina, North Dakota, and Montana have signaled they will end the extra benefit early.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is the latest to follow suit.

'Our unemployment rate is at 3.7%, vaccines are available to anyone who wants one, and we have more jobs available than unemployed people,' she said on Tuesday.

'Regular unemployment benefits will remain available, as they did before the pandemic, but it's time for everyone who can to get back to work.'

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Burger King marquee goes viral with 'We all quit' message

6abc Philadelphia 14 July, 2021 - 12:49pm

WE ALL QUIT: A photo of a Burger King sign went viral after workers protested long hours, low pay, and kitchen temperatures that reached 97 degrees

Yahoo News 14 July, 2021 - 12:49pm

The former manager of the Lincoln, Nebraska, restaurant said she quit over working conditions.

More and more people are "rage quitting" over conditions and low pay during the labor shortage.

See more stories on Insider's business page.

It started as a joke among overworked and stressed-out employees at a Burger King restaurant in Lincoln, Nebraska.

"They wanted to put up a sign to say, you know, sorry there's really not going to be anyone here," Rachael Flores, the former general manager, told the local ABC affiliate. "Just kind of a laugh to upper management."

"I didn't think anybody was going to notice it," she added.

On Saturday morning, one of the staff changed the front sign to read, "We all quit - sorry for the inconvenience," and the photo quickly went viral.

"I got a call from my upper management and they told me I needed to take it down," she said.

Flores told Insider she had already submitted her two weeks' notice after a grueling six-month stint as GM, but her boss told her to hand over her keys. Eight others soon joined her.

"The work experience described at this location is not in line with our brand values," a Burger King corporate spokesperson said in a statement to Insider. "Our franchisee is looking into this situation to ensure this doesn't happen in the future."

When the kitchen air-conditioning broke for weeks, Flores said she saw the thermostat reach 97 degrees. Other photos on social media - confirmed to Insider to be from the same restaurant - show temperatures of 102 degrees.

Flores also said the restaurant was understaffed with a team of 13, and that she regularly had to cover unexpected absences, including many back-to-back open-to-close shifts from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., with just an hour off during the day to care for her child.

She added that her team would frequently work six- and seven-day weeks for weeks on end, and that she was once hospitalized for dehydration.

The location is one of several franchises owned by Meridian Restaurants in Lincoln, and Flores said that the local area managers resisted her requests to raise wages above $12.50 per hour, even for an employee who had worked for 18 years at the restaurant.

"It was just a slap in the face," she said.

A Meridian spokesperson did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

These fast-food workers are among a growing group of retail workers who are "rage quitting" their jobs over working conditions and pay during the US labor shortage.

Experts say a tight labor market in the US is giving workers the chance to hunt for better-paying jobs.

"Consumer demand is expanding faster than people are able and willing to go back into the labor force," Chris Tilly, a professor at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, told Insider's Áine Cain.

"I don't think we're at a point where workers have permanently gained the upper hand, but I would be cautious about saying exactly when the power is going to shift back more to employers," he said.

Read the original article on Business Insider

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A photo of a sign outside a Lincoln, Neb., Burger King has gone viral. The sign, which reads “we all quit” and “sorry for the inconvenience,” was put up by disgruntled staff members trying to send a message to upper management. “They wanted to put up a sign to say, you know sorry there’s really not going to be anyone here,” former general manager Rachael Flores told a local ABC affiliate.

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Burger King Sign Goes Viral with 'We all quit' Message

ABC13 Houston 14 July, 2021 - 12:49pm

'We all quit': Burger King staff leaves message to management on restaurant sign

WOWT 14 July, 2021 - 12:49pm

The staff at a Burger King location in Lincoln, Nebraska, say they were upset by the working conditions at the restaurant, like broken air conditioning in the kitchen that pushed temperatures into the 90s.

Manager Rachael Flores says she ended up at the hospital getting fluids for dehydration. When she gave her two weeks’ notice, so did eight of her staff. At the end of that period, they left a message to management on the sign outside the store. It read, “We all quit. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

“We wanted a big laugh to them, so the whole ‘we all quit’ was mainly to them,” Flores said. “It was just more or less taking turns because it’s actually kind of tiring putting the letters up there.”

It was around 6 a.m. when Flores helped another resigning worker change the letters on the sign. A few hours later, she got a call from upper management telling her the sign needed to be taken down.

“I told him I couldn’t do that because we were short-staffed and lunch was just starting,” she said.

Soon, another boss arrived at the location asking for her key and card. After a total of about six hours, the “We all quit” sign was replaced with one that read, “Now hiring. Flexible schedules.”

Burger King released a statement regarding the situation.

“The work experience described at this location is not in line with our brand values. Our franchisee is looking into this situation to ensure this doesn’t happen in the future,” it read.

We quit! The Great Resignation era has begun – at a boiling hot branch of Burger King

The Guardian 14 July, 2021 - 12:49pm

Age: Not sure I like the question, I quit.

What? You have a contractual obligation to do pass notes, come back! Nah, you’re all right, see ya … OK, just kidding. The money might be crap, but working conditions aren’t bad and I quite like the Pass notes gig. I’ll stay … for now. It wasn’t like that at a branch of Burger King in Lincoln, Nebraska, though.

Go on. Workers there said the franchise had been understaffed for months, they were putting in 60-hour weeks, with no air conditioning, in mid summer. The general manager, Rachel Flores, said she was hospitalised through dehydration. A Burger King spokesperson told DailyMail.com …

... that Rachel’s telling whoppers? No. That “the work experience described at this location is not in line with our brand values. Our franchisee is looking into this situation to ensure this doesn’t happen in the future.”

Anyway, what did Flores do? Handed in her notice. And not just Flores.

Who else? Eight others at the branch. Plus they put a message up, under the big Burger King sign, that said: “We all quit. Sorry for the inconvenience.” And of course it went viral on social media.

Management must have loved that. Flores said they told her to take it down.

To which she replied? That she couldn’t, because they were short-staffed!

Well played. That’s when they told her to go, although it was a day before her official last day.

Mass resignation then, but in one Nebraska burger bar. It’s hardly a workers’ revolution is it? Well, hold that thought. Since the pandemic, employees have been quitting the workforce, or switching jobs, in droves.

And it’s because? Because of Covid, basically. For some it’s about a resulting re-evaluation, or a change in priorities – time to do the thing you always meant to do. But for many it’s simply because of the way they have been treated by their employers during the pandemic.

Any positive knock-ons? Several big employers in the US – including fast-food chains Chipotle and McDonald’s, plus retailers Walmart and Costco – have raised their minimum wages.

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'We all quit': Burger King staff leaves note to management on store sign

Yahoo News 14 July, 2021 - 12:49pm

Rachael Flores began working at a location in Lincoln, Nebraska, in August and was promoted to general manager just a few months later after the departure of a previous manager. Flores has worked in restaurants before, including other Burger Kings, and she was familiar with the environment, but she was unprepared for the behavior she experienced from upper management, she told "TODAY."

"We all quit. Sorry for the inconvenience," read the message posted on the sign outside the restaurant after Flores and at least six other employees decided to put in their two weeks' notice.

Flores said she experienced months of issues, including short staffing, managerial turnover and "hectic" work conditions.

"We had just got really tired of upper management and them not coming to help and not caring about the employees," Flores told "TODAY." "As I became general manager, it got more crazy. I had multiple different bosses."

Flores and several other employees put in their two weeks' notice to management at the end of June, she said. Flores alleges that on several occasions, she would go in to work a shift that was meant for five to seven people to find only two or three working, "TODAY" reported. She said there were many days when work conditions were unsafe for employees who were left to work in dangerously hot temperatures without air conditioning.

"In the beginning of the summer, when it was extremely hot, it would be extremely hot in the kitchen, because the AC wasn't working and temperatures were reaching the mid-90s most days," Flores said. "It was causing a lot of issues with employees. They were getting dehydrated. ... That took three or four weeks to get fixed. One of the days I was extremely delirious. I was very dehydrated."

Flores said that when she told her direct boss and other upper managers about her experience, she was accused of making excuses and being dishonest, and she received comments like "you're being a baby," "TODAY" reported.

Several employees assisted in posting the message, but it was Flores who was ultimately fired for the viral note just days before she had planned to leave, "TODAY" reported. It is unclear whether any other employees were fired.

A spokesperson for Burger King said that they were aware of the situation.

"The work experience described at this location is not in line with our brand values," the spokesperson said in a statement sent to TODAY. "Our franchisee is looking into this situation to ensure this doesn't happen in the future."

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