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A couple weeks ago I saw the local McDonald's drive thru had a sign that said "We are short staffed. Please be patient with the staff that did show up. No one wants to work anymore." After that, there was another sign saying the drive thru was closed.

I thought: what? What's going on? Why are they saying no one wants to work anymore?

Apparently this exact same text is showing up on other restaurants as well. It's interesting that they are choosing the exact same 20 words, in the same order...

I saw one of these signs first hand. This isn't something I saw on TikTok. Also, I am pretty sure the local McDonalds is not corporate owned. I think I remember seeing the signs saying it was a franchise. I have to wonder where people are getting the PDF or whatever that they're printing out.

If I were a restaurant owner, where would I even go to find this sign? Is there like a website people go to instead of just posting "short staffed, please be patient, we're doing the best we can"?

@adam What are you implying? the signs are put up by management?

@adam They should write 21 words. They missed “here”.

@adam @thegibson memes aren't confined to image macros on the internet! That wording was made famous by viral post, it's zero surprise to me that frustrated workers and line managers would use it and post it at their own places of employment when they're frustrated

@adam @thegibson It seems to be an interesting attempt by some restaurant industry associations to gaslight America into trying to forget that most of these places did this to themselves with huge layoffs last year.

The sign seems to really say “We don’t regret how badly we treated our employees, we’re sure they’ll be back eventually.” I’ve been making a note of places I see like that, might be time to boycott them all in labor solidarity.

@max @thegibson I'm with you. I've only seen one of these so far, but I'll keep my eyes peeled

@adam @max

I have seen a couple around here, maybe 3-ish.

Wendy’s, KFC, and a Dairy Queen.

Specific franchisees I’d bet.

@adam There is, naturally, a political context to this: heathercoxrichardson.substack.

“Republicans insist that the federal $300 weekly unemployment checks included in the law are keeping people from going back to work”

The real reason, of course, is that these businesses are not willing to pay livable wages, and many of the people they laid off last year had to find better ways to pay the bills.

@angdraug I get the desire to keep costs down and trying to get public support for your actions.

The part I am having trouble comprehending is why other business owners would hop on this bandwagon when the phrasing is so awkward and clearly ineffective.

The only reaction I've seen is people thinking the businesses are a bunch of whiners who should incentive people better if they want a more stable workforce (which seems pretty logical).

@adam The wording is quite effective with the audience primed by Faux News and Fecebook. The goal of this message isn't to ENTICE workers to come back, it's to shore up public support for the politicians who have committed to blocking and reversing Biden's stimulus measures, and to FORCE workers to accept the substandard wages.

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