Brutal sign spotted at McDonald's drive-thru

Ash Cant
·3-min read

A TikTok user has come across a very telling sign at a McDonald's drive-thru - and a lot of people who work in customer service are resonating with it.

The video was shared to the social media platform by user @brittanyjade903 over the weekend and it has since amassed over one million views.

"Y’all, our McDonald’s is savage AF [as f**k]," Brittany said in the TikTok caption.

TikTok user @brittanyjade903 came across a very honest sign at a McDonald's drive-thru. Source: TikTok/brittanyjade903
TikTok user @brittanyjade903 came across a very honest sign at a McDonald's drive-thru. Source: TikTok/brittanyjade903

The sign was spotted at the station where customers order their food, asking them to be patient and offers an explanation as to why there aren't that many people working.

"We are short staffed," the bright yellow sign says.

"Please be patient with the staff that did show up. 

"No one wants to work anymore."

It's not clear where the video was taken, however it appears Brittany is from the US.

Several people liked the sign, calling it "honest", and others said they wished their workplace could erect one too.

"This will resonate with anyone who has ever worked in customer service," one person said.

Several people in the comments were suggesting people did not want to work because of the unemployments people are getting by not working due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

One person who said they worked at McDonald's said they will have over 500 cars come through the drive-thru a day, in addition to indoor dining, and they don't have enough crew to accommodate.

Others in the comments of the TikTok video said they have also experienced people not showing up at their places of work.

Several people in the comments said they wished they could hang up a similar sign at their workplace. Source: Getty Images
Several people in the comments said they wished they could hang up a similar sign at their workplace. Source: Getty Images

"We have lost 20 people at work and still can't find anyone to come to work," someone commented.

One person said they have had people quit from the place they worked due to it being so busy.

"One girl got hired and walked out on the job because of how busy we are," someone said.

"So please, be nice and most importantly patient."

Customers losing their patience or having outbursts in stores isn't unique to one country. 

Here in Australia, in the middle of the pandemic when customer service staff were risking their own health to serve others, staff across Australia wore extra badges to remind customers to be nice.

The badges were launched prior to the pandemic by trade union for retail, fast food and warehouse employees, Shop Distributive and Allied Employees' Association (SDA), and became popular amid the pandemic.

The badges said things such as “I’m a mother”, “I’m a father”, “I’m a son” and “I’m a daughter”.

“I just think it’s sad that they’ve got to the point where they have to wear a badge to remind people that they’re a human. It’s pretty full on,” on Woolworths shopper previously told Yahoo News Australia.

Millions of US jobs gone since pandemic

According to the Associated Press, 744,000 Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, prior to the pandemic, that number generally remained below 220,000 applicants a week.

This doesn't indicate 744,000 people simply don't want to work in order to to get benefits.

Some would have been laid off, or felt unsafe due to Covid still in the community or a plethora of other reasons as to why someone is unemployed.

The United States still has 8.4 million fewer jobs than it had in February 2020, just before the pandemic struck.

New confirmed coronavirus cases, which had dropped sharply from early January through early March, have plateaued over the past month.

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