A McDonald’s employee in Louisville, Kentucky, seemingly had enough of their shift on Saturday and they closed the restaurant up early with a brutal sign stuck on the drive-thru monitor.
“We are closed because I am quitting and I hate this job.”
Before the staff member left, they put a sign over the drive-thru monitor, letting customers know VERY truthfully exactly why the shop is closed. A braver ex-employee than most, I’d say!
The next morning, Twitter user @GreatApeDad posted the photo after spotting the sign and it quickly went viral.
“I just see there and one of the monitors which had been not working for many weeks, that sign that was posted there so I personally thought it was funny, so I took a picture, uploaded it to Twitter not thinking much of anything about it.”
The Twitter user is a regular at the McDonald’s restaurant as it is close to his work, but he didn’t want to disclose which chain store it was he saw the sign at.
On Sunday morning, his wife had asked him to get her a BTS meal for her on his way home from work, explaining that the restaurant was actually open when he got to the drive-thru, but none of the McDonald’s staff had noticed the hilarious sign. He added that an employee told him that a nightshift worker quit and closed up early the evening before.
“I used to work in the service industry myself,” he said to TODAY.
“I think that people are just frustrated, especially the working-class people who are there in the front line… things that are in a boiling point where I can definitely see where someone on a Saturday night that doesn’t want to be working the drive-thru — wants to just call it quits.”
People who interacted with the tweet were infuriated that a staffer had been left on their own with little or no backup:
“Wait, did they seriously have a shift of ONE PERSON at an entire McDonalds such that one person quitting mid-shift shut it all down?” one person asked.
“One dude ran the entire store by himself the day before.”
People even took to the comment section to share their experiences in workplaces from hell…
“I am exhausted.”
Staff working in the service industry are often mistreated, being put under a lot of pressure and @GreatApeDad’s now viral tweet brought them all together to share their own experiences and express how they feel about what the sign represents to them.
Of course, it must be pretty humorous seeing a sign like this in your local drive-thru, but it’s also extremely sad that this staff member was seriously struggling with the pressure the job had forced onto them.
There’s also been a labor shortage since the pandemic began…
And some employers, including McDonald’s, have raised their minimum wage amid the struggle to find new employees for the jobs advertised.
CNBC reported in May that workers at McDonald’s company-owned locations will see pay raises of 10 percent over the next few months. Entry-level employees will be making $11 – $17 per hour, and shift managers will make $15 – $20 an hour, based on location.
“If you also hate working for meaningless things like Mcdonald’s consider working to help our primate friends.”
But the Twitter user received a little bit of backlash after he called McDonald’s a “meaningless” place to work.
“This is smug and speaks to how comfortable of a life you’ve had.”
“Isn’t meaningless, any job will teach to be responsible.”
Staff members in the service industry are vital for our community and should be treated as such, it’s just sometimes, it gets a little too much for some and the pressure they face on a daily basis is huge.
But, that doesn’t mean their role in McDonald’s is meaningless.
What do you think about this?