One McDonald's restaurant has been so short-staffed, they resorted to offering the most bizarre incentive, and it's safe to say the unusual move has solicited a strong reaction online...

Now, so many businesses in the hospitality industry have been struggling through turbulent times this past year.

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One of those businesses is seemingly the fast food giant McDonald's.

And it's forced one desperate restaurant to do something totally out of the ordinary...

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Now, there's no doubting that the hospitality industry here in the United States has been one of the hardest hit.

Because of the pandemic, millions of businesses have had to shut their doors for good...

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With the vast majority of surviving businesses being the multi-million dollar chains that are located worldwide.

And of course, McDonald's is one of those chains.

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Because how on Earth could the world's most popular burger joint go out of business?!

While many would think this would be good news for the hard-working staff members at McDonald's...

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It turns out that going to work actually hasn't been at the forefront of employees minds during these difficult times.

Working in hospitality is now harder than ever due to the increased demand...

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And due to social distancing restrictions, many restaurants and fast-food outlets continue to be short-staffed... which makes work a living hell for many.

But it turns out that some people just don't want to work anymore...

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As a result, one restaurant in Illinois is giving away iPhones to new recruits if they stay for 6 months as an incentive to join.

And people have been expressing their sympathies for those currently working in short-staffed hospitality jobs as well as blaming the treatment that hospitality staff endure on a daily basis...

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A viral photo shared on Twitter shows a sign placed in the window of a restaurant reading: "Now hiring. Free iPhone."

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The sign adds new staff would have to work for 6 months and meet unspecified "employment criteria" to be eligible.

A staff member at the restaurant in Altamont later confirmed that the sign belonged to the store...

However, the employment criteria for getting the phone hasn't been specified.

A spokesperson for McDonald's said that the chain was ramping up recruitment...

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Although that's not unusual for the summer months.

What's different is that individual restaurants are offering a range of benefits and incentives...

Although most feel the low wage is what's deterring people from applying.

​And Mcdonald's isn't the only fast food joint struggling...

The fast-food industry has a significant labor shortage, which has hit chains such as Subway and Dunkin'.

Chipotle, Taco Bell, and others are offering perks for working with them such as cash bonuses and raises.

One McDonald's in Tampa, Florida even offered $50 to anyone who came in for an interview!

The vaccine rollout has aided these struggles, but there is still a long way to go...

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It has been reported that shortages could be caused by a mix of unemployment benefits, COVID-19 health concerns, and low wages.

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