All staff at a burrito restaurant in Georgia quit, posting a sign in the window about pay, hours and “lack of appreciation”


The number of people working in the restaurant business fell in August for the first time since April 2020. Watchara Phomicinda / MediaNews Group / The Press-Enterprise / Getty Images

  • A restaurant in Georgia reduced its opening hours after its staff left, WGXA News reported.

  • Staff displayed a sign saying they worked seven days a week for a month, WGXA reported.

  • A spokesperson for the Barberitos restaurant said the claim about the hours was “just plain wrong”.

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Staff at a burrito restaurant in Georgia quit with a sign saying they had worked seven days a week for a month with “barely any time off.”

Employees at Barberitos restaurant on New Street in Macon, central Georgia, said they quit for “pay” and “lack of appreciation,” according to a picture of the panel shared on Facebook that was first reported by WGXA News.

“We have been working 7 days a week for the past month and have hardly any time off. We are so sorry and we love you all! Old Barbs family, out,” the sign read.

A spokesperson for Barberitos, which has 50 branches in the southeastern states, confirmed the existence of the sign to WGXA and said that the staff’s claim that they worked seven days in a row for a month was “just plain wrong”.

“Due to COVID, the labor shortage has affected many – if not all – small businesses across the country,” the spokesperson said. Another restaurant had “consistently hired six of our employees at the same time,” they said.

“While we are saddened every time an employee leaves the Barberitos family, we understand that the market has changed and thank them for their service,” they added.

WGXA sent staff to the restaurant, who reported that the sign had been removed and replaced with another. The new sign, pictured in the WGXA report, said Barberitos’ hours of operation had been temporarily reduced from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Another sign indicated that the restaurant was looking for staff, WGXA reported.

“We hope to resume normal office hours as early as next week,” the restaurant’s spokesperson told WGXA.

Barberitos did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Other restaurants across the United States, including independent restaurants and huge chains like Chick-fil-A and McDonald’s, have closed their dining rooms or reduced their opening hours because they can’t find enough staff.

Workers quit their jobs in droves, blaming low wages, poor benefits and a lack of flexible hours. Restaurants were particularly hard hit, and the number of people working in the industry fell in August for the first time since April 2020, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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