The Burger King sign near 59th place and Havelock is creating a buzz.
VIDEO UPDATE 7/13
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A photo has gone viral on social media of a local Burger King brand in Lincoln.
The sign outside the restaurant near 59th and Havelock read “ALL OF US LEAVE” AND “SORRY FOR THE DISCLAIMER.” The letters were withdrawn on Saturday.
Channel 8 spoke to two former employees who said management was the reason people were quitting.
“They wanted to put up a sign to say, you know, sorry, there really won’t be anybody here,” said former general manager Rachael Flores. “Just kind of a laugh for the top management. “This was set up yesterday before the opening, and I didn’t think anyone was going to notice it because we only made one sign and then it got pretty crazy on Facebook. I got a call from my senior management and they told me I had to withdraw it.
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Flores had taken him two weeks, then eight of his colleagues followed. She had been managing director since January.
“They’ve been through so many District Directors since I became Executive Director,” she said. “No one came to the store to help me. They are so inside and out.
Flores said the Burger King had employees working in the kitchen without air conditioning for weeks. At one point the kitchen hit over 90 degrees. Flores ended up in hospital with dehydration. She said her boss reacted, saying she was a “baby”.
“I just stayed to help Rachael,” said former employee Kylee Johnson. “She’s my best friend. She’s been around a lot. I just want to help her as much as I can. I knew what was going on in terms of staffing. We were just waiting for more people to come by then and we didn’t have anyone. ”
The two said the kitchen was understaffed and three to four people often worked during lunch hour. Flores said she works 50 to 60 hours a week. Flores and Johnson said he was not sure they had such a small staff.
Former employees said senior management did not know the workers were going to put up the listing. Staff had joked about broadcasting the message the day before and then doing it the next day.
Flores’ boss told her to hand over her keys and that she was fired.
The Havelock location is open, but Flores and Johnson said it is still understaffed and new employees are leaving within days of starting shifts. They believe other places may have similar experiences.