A lot of industries have been hit hard over the past year or so due to the pandemic, but one of the worst affected areas has certainly been hospitality. From staff shortages to minimum wages, it seems to be a place where no one wants to be. But with the demand for fast food and drinks growing by the day, companies can't afford to lose employees as quickly as they are.
McDonald's has recently been the hotspot for multiple controversies. Branches up and down the country have been making headlines as the staff working there have reportedly exposed the company for its atrocious working conditions and for one particular store in California, the urge to quit their jobs apparently came all at once.
Posting to TikTok, user @zoey.isback shared a video that allegedly showed all the employees at the store quitting at the same time mid-shift. After showing a sign saying "Everyone quit. We are closed," Zoey then pans to the empty kitchen in the back and then to the outside where some employees can be seen peering in.
Zoey later explained in a follow-up video that they "didn't quit from our pay."
"The store was [run] by teenagers and it was a terrible workspace. The higher-ups had trouble helping us when needed."
She also added: "It's a bad job to start with but that's where most teenagers start for experience so that's where I put myself."
In the caption of the video, she wrote: "Story time? Here's a little more I barely recorded that's why. But idk why y'all are so interested on what happened."
The clips were short, snappy, and a little blurred.
The original clip has been viewed over 11.8 million times in a matter of days, but with something as explosive as that, you'd be a bit of an idiot to post the video without clearing up your story with everyone else first, right? Well, someone tell Zoey that, because after a bit of digging, it seems as though Newsweek went on to fact check the clip and concluded that the claims made were actually mostly false as only 2 staff members actually quit and that was after they had handed in their notices 2 weeks prior to the apparent walk-out.
A spokesperson from McDonald's confirmed to the outlet that the staff did not all walk out mid-shift.
"The video misrepresents the events that unfolded at this McDonald's restaurant," they said, "On Sunday evening, 2 employees at this location resigned after previously providing the franchise organization with their two weeks' notice. All other employees continued to work their shifts."
They confirmed the restaurant is "fully staffed and operational."
@zoey.isback Story time? Here's a little more I barely recorded that's why. But idk why y'all are so interested on what happened.
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So, yet again guys, don't believe everything you see on the internet, some people are just extremely hungry for clout and it can lead to some pretty elaborate TikToks... Big sigh.