9 fed-up Burger King workers in Nebraska resign with a viral ‘WE ALL QUIT’ sign they posted outside the restaurant

Burger King worker
Retail and restaurant workers are “rage quitting” jobs over poor working conditions and low pay.

  • A Burger King sign saying “we all quit” went viral after a group of disgruntled workers resigned.
  • 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.
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A photo of a Burger King sign saying “we all quit” went viral this week after a group of nine disgruntled workers resigned from a Lincoln, Nebraska, outlet of the fast-food chain over working conditions.

The sign outside the restaurant, which has since been taken down, said: “We all quit, sorry for the inconvenience.”

The former general manager of the restaurant, Rachael Flores, told local Nebraska news site Channel 8 that a group of employees came up with the sign “to laugh at upper management.”

“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 said.

Flores told Channel 8 that she resigned along with eight colleagues because of working conditions. She said that the kitchen had no air conditioning for several weeks and reached 90 degrees, and that the restaurant was understaffed.

Burger King did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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These fast-food workers are among a growing group of retail workers that 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 Aine 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.

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A California taco restaurant posted a sign blaming government handouts for slow service and a staff shortage

A "help wanted" sign in a restaurant window
A “Help Wanted” sign hangs in the window of a restaurant in a Manhattan restaurant.

  • A California taco restaurant blamed a staff shortage and slow service on “state handouts.”
  • Some businesses are blaming workers and government handouts for the labor shortage.
  • Others say the solution is simply to pay workers more.
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A taqueria in California posted a sign in its window blaming government handouts for a staff shortage, and asked customers to be patient with slow service.

“Sadly, due to government and state handouts no one wants to work anymore. Therefore, we are short-staffed,” the sign at Taco Loco restaurant in Folsom, California said, per CBS Sacramento.

“Please be patient with our staff that did choose to come to work today.”

Insider reached out to the restaurant for comment but didn’t immediately hear back.

Since the beginning of the year, unemployed workers in the US have been able to claim $300 a week in benefits as part of a COVID-19 relief package. While some states have since cut this, California said it would continue to offer unemployment benefits through September 4.

Signs of this sort have become more common across the US. Business owners grappling with an ongoing labor shortage are starting to blame worker “laziness,” or government handouts, for these employment gaps. Insider’s Aine Cain saw this firsthand when she took a trip across the East Coast.

The labor shortage has reached crisis point in the US. Job openings rose to a record high of 9.3 million in April, according to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey – and business owners are scrambling to fill the gaps.

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The pandemic has given some workers time to reflect and consider new careers. Others are “rage quitting” in the hunt for better jobs with higher pay and better working conditions.

But workers say there’s one easy way to fix this crisis: pay us more.

Michael Lastoria, CEO of &pizza restaurant chain, told Insider’s Zahra Tayeb that his 51 locations were fully staffed, and the secret to his success was paying workers proper wages. He offers a $16-an-hour wage, plus benefits.

“The idea that wages couldn’t possibly rise even once over the past 12 years while prices went up, while inflation went up, and while the cost of living went up, has resulted in the ‘shortage’ [business owners] are experiencing today,” he said, adding: “There isn’t a labor shortage, there is a shortage of business owners willing to pay a living wage.”

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