Several disgruntled Burger King employees were tired of their working conditions and long hours, so they had it their way. The employees from a Nebrakasa Burger King took their beef public when they put up a simple message on the fast-food chain’s display sign.
“WE ALL QUIT,” the sign outside the Lincoln, Nebraska, Burger King said. “SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.”
The now-viral message has since been taken down by the chain’s management. Among the nine employees was the former general manager, Rachael Flores. Flores recently found herself in the hospital after suffering from dehydration after working in the kitchen without any air conditioning.
“They have gone through so many district managers since I’ve been GM,” said Flores, who started working at the fast-food chain in January. “No one has come to the store to help me out. They’re so in and out.”
Staffing Issues Plague Restaurant
Flores also noted that the idea for the sign was to act as “just kind of a laugh to 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,” she said. “I got a call from my upper management, and they told me I needed to take it down.”
Afterward, Flores’ boss told her she was fired and she needed to turn in her keys. Another ex-employee, Kylee Johnson, said she had only remained at the burger spot to help out Flores since the Burger King branch was severely 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.” As for the Burger King in question, its doors are still open. Burger King said in an official statement that it was looking into the discontent.
“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.
Fellow Fast Food Chain Dethrones Burger King
According to Eat This, Not That, Burger King is falling out of favor with its customers. Reportedly, it’s attracting fewer new consumers each year and losing customers to other chains.
The usurping of Wendy’s seems even more staggering when you consider its number of stores compared to Burger King’s. Currently, Burger King has thousands of more restaurants than Wendy’s. The loss in customers could be attributed to their fumbles in its marketing. The missteps stemmed from unproductive campaigns, canceled promotions and products, and general brand mismanagement.
These include the disappointing results of the addition of Impossible Whopper, which led to a 0.6 percent same-store sales increase. Additionally, the chain had other slip-ups, such as the on-again-off-again use of The King as their mascot and a general lack of consistent messaging.