Burger King workers in Lincoln, Nebraska all quit and told potential customers about their fast food restaurant in a photo that went viral in the wake of the mass walkout.
“We all quit,” the sign said. “Sorry for the inconvenience.”
KLKN TV reported the sign appeared at the fast food restaurant near the intersection of 59th and Havelock streets. The letters were withdrawn on Saturday July 13, 2021, the outlet reported.
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A former store manager said staff were working without air conditioning and an employee was sent to hospital with dehydration
Two former employees told KLKN TV that the Lincoln, Nebraska Burger King employees were working without air conditioning; and the store was understaffed. One employee even ended up in the hospital with dehydration, the former employees said.
Rachael Flores, the former general manager, said kitchen workers worked without air conditioning for weeks and at one point the kitchen temperature rose above 90 degrees. Flores suffered from dehydration and had to go to hospital, she told the news channel. Flores further stated that her boss reacted to the situation by saying that she was a “baby”.
The kitchen was understaffed and there were often only three or four people working during lunch hour, the outlet reported. two said the kitchen was understaffed and often had three to four people working during lunch hour. Rachael Flores told the news channel that she works between 50 and 60 hours a week. Flores and former employee Kylee Johnson told the outlet the understaffing was a safety concern.
Burger King posted a statement to CNN saying that they are studying the situation.
“The work experience described here is not in line with our brand values. Our franchisee is examining this situation to make sure it does not happen again in the future, ”we read.
The store’s general manager said Burger King employees told them to change the sign after a few hours
Flores gave Lincoln Burger King two weeks’ notice to quit, and eight of her employees followed suit, KLKN TV reported. At the end of the two-week period, Flores told the outlet that they had placed the sign as “some sort of laughter for senior management.” She said she thought no one would notice, but it went viral on Facebook.
Flores told CNN that she and another resigning employee changed the sign around 6 a.m., and a few hours later senior management called and told her she needed to remove the message.
“I told her I couldn’t do this because we were understaffed and lunch was just beginning,” she told CNN.
Another boss arrived shortly after, Flores told CNN, and asked for his key and card. CNN reported that the sign was in place for about six hours before it was replaced with a post that read “Hiring.” Flexible hours.