The State College Chipotle is closed after four managers quit in the last two days. Here's the sign on the door: pic.twitter.com/yxZJLKbw4f
— Onward State (@OnwardState) September 10, 2014
A UNIVERSITY restaurant in the US has shut down after a mass staff walkout with workers complaining about “sweatshop conditions”.
The Chipotle Mexican fast food restaurant on the Penn State College grounds closed its doors this week after a slew of management staff and employees quit.
They kindly left a note on the door explaining what led to their mass resignation.
The Twitter account of an independent news site Onward State tweeted a picture of the note taped to the door.
“Ask our corporate office why their employees were forced to work in borderline sweatshop conditions,” it read.
“Almost the entire management and crew have resigned.”
On its company website, the US chain boasts how they treat their employees at the “fast-growing company”.
“Food with Integrity guides our business, including the way we treat employees,” the website reads.
“We provide real opportunity for advancement and a fun, exciting work environment.”
Students at the university have taken to Twitter to protest.
Today marks the beginning of a sad day in State College…CHIPOTLE CLOSED!!!
— Devin Maurice Pryor (@D_Pryor16) September 10, 2014
The company responded to Onward State’s questions about why the restaurant had shut down, with Chipotle confirming a number of staff had resigned.
“Thank you for taking the time to write us about our Penn State University restaurant. Unfortunately we had to close this location after a few employees quit, locking out a majority of others who are enthusiastic to return to work,” the response said.
“We expect the restaurant to reopen shortly. I’m sorry for any inconveniences this may have caused you. We hope to see you again soon.”
Students campaigning online for the restaurant to reopen should be pleased with the response.
I think I'm going to quit my job and buy the State College chipotle. Pretty sure I could make a killing if run correctly. Investors wanted!
— Stephen Prichard (@scprichard) September 10, 2014