Hiring Sign Trolled for Calling Workers 'Lazy' and Offering $0.50 Pay Rise

A sign purporting to be from a diner looking for employees has gone viral after it called staff "lazy," while offering a yearly pay rise of less than $1.

A photo of the piece of paper was shared to Twitter by @Gritty20202 on Monday, where it's already racked up 57,000 likes, and can be seen here.

"There's a lot to unpack here," @Gritty20202 captioned the photo.

The alleged job advert says: "Due to lazy workers quitting with no notice and crazy inflation (thanks Biden) we have increased all our prices by 50 percent beginning June 4.

"Apply now and help us fill the workplace and lower our prices again!

"**Great benefits including a supportive work environment, gift card raffles, free snacks, good salary, paid sick time (w/ doctor's note), and pay increase (up to) $0.50 per year guaranteed!

"Starting pay $16/hour. **$13/hour + benefits = $16/hour."

There was also a redacted link to a website for people to apply, while underneath, scrawled in pen, was written: "Do not take this paper!! (We will press charges.)"

Amid the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw scores of workers furloughed and receiving stimulus checks, there appears to have been a shift in the labor market.

The term "The Great Resignation" has been used to describe the recent trend of workers leaving their current jobs, with the "quits rate" at a 20-year high last November.

A report published earlier this year from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, entitled Understanding America's Labor Shortage, said: "In 2021, more than 47 million workers quit their jobs, many of whom were in search of an improved work-life balance and flexibility, increased compensation, and a strong company culture."

The report from Pew Research, published last month, found the driving factors behind resignations were low pay, no opportunities for advancement and feeling disrespected at work.

The chart below, provided by Statista, shows the number of people quitting their jobs in the U.S.

Infographic: The Great Resignation | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

Numerous people mocked the sign, for everything from its paltry pay rise to purported benefits, as Harveybyrd pointed out: "So it only takes 4 years to get a $2/hour raise? You'd think people would be clawing at the door for that."

Katrina Katrinka wrote: "Starts off calling the workers lazy, then claims to have a 'supportive work environment'."

Adam Lockett wrote: "It's continually amazing to watch conservative advocates of free market price determination completely abandon their belief in it when it comes to the price of labor."

"I like how the benefits don't include healthcare, but they require a doctor's note if you want to use sick time," @breakify547 mocked.

Emily said: "I notice that the "benefits" don't include things like healthcare or PTO (without a doctor's note, for which you would need healthcare, btw). You know, the things people usually mean when they talk about benefits in the context of employment. Gift card raffles just ain't it."

Cufk tish sips asked: "Pay increase (up to) $0.50 per year So... It could be a $0.01 raise, then?"

Lamont Cranston commented: "Not sure snacks and a supportive work environment can be legally called "benefits," but I am sure people would rather have the $3/hr."

Heather R replied: "Umm just quick math question: how would paying MORE employees (with benefits) make the company's costs go down enough to lower prices? (Besides the whole rest of this mess.)"

"Quitting without a notice is pretty s***** honestly," @Alekillo10 pointed out.

Newsweek has reached out to @Gritty20202 for comment.

File photo of hiring sign.
File photo of hiring sign. A sign from a diner looking for workers has been mocked online. VeranikaSmirnaya/Getty Images