'I am Quitting and I Hate This Job': McDonald's Employee Sparks Debate with Sign Left on Drive Thru

On Monday, a Twitter user under the handle Great Ape Dad posted a photo of a sign hanging at his local McDonald's drive thru. The sign reads: "We are closed because I am quitting and I hate this job." The tweet quickly went viral—as of now the tweet has amassed more than 180,000 likes—and has since sparked a huge debate.

Seen at our local McDonald's pic.twitter.com/InhWzowlVm

— Great Ape Dad 💪🏿🦍 💪🏾🐵 (@GreatApeDad) June 14, 2021

According to the original poster's Twitter account, he was taking his wife to McDonald's to get the popular BTS meal when they happened upon the sign. "My wife just wanted a BTS meal, and I got a viral tweet in return," he tweeted Monday night.

The photo of the sign quickly took off, with many people not only vocalizing their thoughts on the employee's actions but also cracking jokes about the sign.

Upon first glance, it appears a lot of users were supportive of the employee's bold decision.

"As someone who works at one, kudos to that person for standing up for themselves and getting out of that s*** show," said one commenter in full support of the resignation.

"Can't blame them, working in fast food really does suck," commented another. "For all the crap we have to put up with isn't worth the money we are paid."

Can’t blame them, working in fast food really does suck. For all the crap we have to put up with isn’t worth the money we are paid.

— Connor (@Connor27331524) June 15, 2021

"Man, I would've loved to roll up and be like 'YES GIRL YOU QUIT' and then drive away into the night," joked another.

Man, I would’ve loved to roll up and be like “YES GIRL YOU QUIT” and then drive away into the night.

— Cass (Simp Bizkit) (@casscois) June 14, 2021

But as people quickly began to flood the comments with their support and share their own experiences working in fast food, others were quick to argue that no amount of money could make someone "love" their fast food job.

"Underneath: AI will replace all of us because we are not willing to do the job we applied for," said one commenter.

Underneath: AI will replace all of us because we are not willing to do the job we applied for

— JJ Garrett (@joerock513) June 14, 2021

When one user made the argument that minimum wage isn't a "liveable one," one user responded: "There's a difference between a startup job and a career."

Theres a difference between a start up job and a career.

— Rebelgmom (@rebelgmom) June 15, 2021

When someone rebuffed the tweet, another jumped in and said: "People that are responsible show up are accountable and take on additional responsibilit[ies] get paid more. Those that aren't willing to do that, don't. Pretty simple equation."

But, debating aside, some just made jokes about the sign.

Asked one: "Why don't they save us all the trouble and put up a sign saying their milkshake machine isn't working?"

The tweet's initial poster responded saying, the other week, the same McDonald's did, in fact, do just that. However, the sign included multiple misspellings.

I took this picture at the same location last week lol pic.twitter.com/Ds1l98PJQH

— Great Ape Dad 💪🏿🦍 💪🏾🐵 (@GreatApeDad) June 15, 2021

In another ice cream machine-related joke, another asked: "how did the ice cream machine type this?"

Employees all across the country are leaving their restaurant jobs. Just last month, those on Twitter shared photos of "we quit" or "understaffed" signs in a variety of restaurants, including Chipotle and Wendy's.

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A viral tweet shows a sign in a McDonald's drive-thru that reads: "We are closed because I am quitting and I hate this job.” The tweet quickly sparked an internet debate. Nathan Stirk / Contributor/Getty