Fact Check: Did McDonald's Workers in California All Quit At the Same Time?

A video is widely circulating on social media which appears to show all the workers at a McDonald's restaurant staging a mass walk-out.

The clip was filmed at a branch in California, and a part two was later uploaded after the original video amassed millions of views.

The Claim

A clip was shared to TikTok on Monday by @zoey.isback, who identified herself as Zoey on the account.

She captioned the video: "Well that happened today and it was so funny." While the on-screen caption says: "When everyone quit unexpectedly at the same time."

It films a paper sign, which reads: "Everyone quit we are closed."

The shaky footage pans the restaurant, which appears to have one worker standing in the middle of the restaurant, while no one can be seen in the kitchen in the shot.


Well that happened today and it was so funny 😭😂

♬ Nobody - Mitski

It then films what appears to be the order screen, before cutting to exterior shots of the restaurant, where people dressed in McDonald's uniform can be seen standing outside.

The clip has amassed more than 10 million views since being shared, and Zoey responded to questions in the comments, seemingly providing more background information.

When asked why they quit, she wrote: "Ya'll—we didn't quit from our pay. The store was ran by teenagers and it was a terrible workspace. The higher ups had trouble helping us when needed.

"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 a separate comment she reiterated her claims against the management, writing: "They never responded and helped when we needed it."

And when asked if they left the doors open, Zoey said: "We locked them."

Zoey uploaded a second video on Tuesday, which she captioned: "Story time? Here's a little more I barely recorded that's why. But idk why y'all are so interested on what happened."

It appears to show numerous workers standing outside the restaurant, peering inside. It then cuts to a scene from what appears to be the kitchen area, where numerous workers are preparing food.

She added an on-screen caption which read: "She goes "clean clean" hell nah tf I been quit."


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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The Facts

The footage was filmed at the branch located at 3781 Avocado Boulevard, La Mesa, California.

A spokesperson for McDonald's confirmed to Newsweek staff did not stage a mass walk-out.

They said: "The video misrepresents the events that unfolded at this McDonald's restaurant."

On June 27, two staff members resigned, after previously handing in their two-week notice period.

The spokesperson said: "On Sunday evening, two 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 currently "fully staffed and operational."

The Ruling

Mostly false.

The claim "everyone" quit is incorrect as other employees continued to work, although two staff members left the restaurant.

The claim it came "unexpectedly" is misleading, as workers had given in their notice prior to leaving. However fellow colleagues may have been unaware.

An photo of a McDonald's logo.
cDonalds logo is seen outside one of its stores on November 13, 2020 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. A video is circulating on social media appearing to show workers staging a mass walk-out. Nathan Stirk