A growing number of lowly paid workers in the United States are walking off the job – and some are doing it in style.
A petrol station and convenience store just west of Pittsburgh in the state of Pennsylvania was forced to close temporarily after a worker stormed off the job. The worker had reportedly become fed up with difficult customers.
The business had a note in the store window explaining the situation, pointing the finger squarely at the locals over the unscheduled closure.
"Closed because the people of Moon Township treat our employees horribly!!! And ran off the staff," the handwritten note said.
The store was closed for more than an hour on Tuesday morning (local time), after the staff member left the note in the window, CBS Pittsburgh reported.
A spokesperson for the store chain Jim Sweeney rebuffed the worker's claim to local media.
"The store was closed after a team member — the sole team member working in the GetGo at the time — had a negative experience with a guest," he said.
"During the brief closure, the team member involved posted a handwritten sign in a store window making inaccurate claims about treatment by guests."
The note was shared to a local Reddit thread where a number of nearby residents sympathised with the apparently aggrieved employee.
"Can confirm there were always some characters in there causing trouble," commented one. "I'd quit too."
The 'Great Resignation' expected to take off in Australia
Dubbed "The Great Resignation" by the US media, the country has seen a huge turnover of jobs in recent months, particularly in the services sector.
It's a trend thought to be spurred by the pandemic, direct stimulus measures, and a higher level of personal savings. The result has seen widespread labour shortages across the country as some lowly paid workers reassess their options.
According to US government statistics, 4.4 million Americans quit their jobs in the month of September alone.
There are expectations Australia will see a similar degree of churn in the labour market, albeit to a lesser degree. But recent data does show Australians are leaving their jobs en masse, with October recording the highest number of job advertisements posted in a single month since 1998.
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