Staff at a Nebraska Burger King have walked out after putting up a sign reading: “We all quit. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
The stunt, which went viral on social media, was planned because staff claimed they had been understaffed for months and were forced to work terrible conditions including in hot kitchens without air conditioning.
Ex-general manager Rachael Flores told KLKN the nine employees wanted to “laugh” at management. She said: “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 at upper management.
“I didn’t think anyone was going to notice it, because we just did one sign, and then it went crazy on Facebook.”
At a Burger King in Lincoln, Nebraska, the employees post, "We All Quit"
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She added that management asked her to take the sign down but she refused.
Speaking about the working conditions, Flores claimed at one point she was hospitalised with dehydration and that she would often work up to 60 hours per week.
When she posted the images to Facebook, she said: “We quit cause upper management was a joke and had no care for me or my employees.”
Another worker, Kylee Johnson also posted about her 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.”
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.”