When a customer tweeted a sign hanging in an Alaska IHOP that blamed President Joe Biden for the worker shortage the internet reacted in fury.
A Twitter user, @ThatOtherDude12, tagged IHOP in a tweet that said:
"Hey, iHop my family and I genuinely enjoy going to your restaurants."
"But if this is corporate policy, I guess we won't be visiting anymore."
"I know we're just one small family, and we don't matter, but we can't eat at a place that condones this."
The tweet has since been deleted, but the sign said:
"Due to the fact that Biden gave out way too much free money and nobody wants to work anymore."
"We are forced to reduce our hours during this week."
The tweet comes on the heels of the Biden Administration announcing 235,000 jobs had been added by employers in November. Biden also addressed a 10% increase in wages for transportation and warehouse workers and a tax cut for families raising children.
"We’re the only leading economy in the world where household income and the economy as a whole are stronger than they were before the pandemic."
The unemployment rate has lowered from 4.6 to 4.2 percent between October and November, but even with the addition of jobs, the Omicron variant has left employers afraid to increase job availability.
In a complex and delicate economy during the pandemic—and with rises in COVID cases with the variants—people are not happy about IHOP blaming Biden for a lack of workers.
People are even calling for a boycott of IHOP.
Huh. People that pay a living wage have no problem getting help. A Costco opened in my county. More applications than jobs, & it\u2019s telling that a good portion we\u2019re from education. How sad that Costco pays more & offers better benefits than the people left in charge of your kids.— Emma (@Emma) 1639266081
IHOP is blaming Biden's stimulus for the employee shortage. May be time to change their name to IGOP #BoycottIHOP— Buddy Winston (@Buddy Winston) 1639331784
IHOP said Biden "gave away too much free money" and blamed him for their workers quitting. No, IHOP. They're not quitting because of Biden. They're quitting because you underpay them. IHOP is a MAGA chain. Don't eat IHOP's over-priced, unhealthy, fascist pancakes. #BoycottIHOP— Uncovering The Truth (@Uncovering The Truth) 1639362838
I quit my job because it wasn\u2019t worth it. It was the easiest job I ever had, but I wasn\u2019t willing to risk my health to provide services for people who won\u2019t wear a mask to protect me so I can continue to provide services. So they\u2019re closed on weekends now instead.— Horny & Vaccinated ANTIFA Secretary (@Horny & Vaccinated ANTIFA Secretary) 1639397985
Yep, that $3k has lasted a full year and shows no sign of running out. Thanks to Biden for setting me up to be work-free for life!— m\u13af\u1587\u13a9 \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08\ud83d\udc9c (@m\u13af\u1587\u13a9 \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08\ud83d\udc9c) 1639408173
I put aside half so my grandchildren will be set for life, maybe even their grandchildren.— Frank Giugliano (@Frank Giugliano) 1639352042
With unemployment numbers as low as they are, and people are not working for you, they are working for someone else. Maybe figure out why and do something about it and make it more attractive to work for you.— Mark RK (@Mark RK) 1639338778
It just couldn't be the minimum wage and lousy work environment, uh uh, no way— \ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8An American Patriot #fbr\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\udf0a (@\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8An American Patriot #fbr\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\udf0a) 1639333963
Proven: Pay decent wages & workers show up. Problem solved.— The fed up with antivaxxers K T McCormick \ud83c\udf0a (@The fed up with antivaxxers K T McCormick \ud83c\udf0a) 1639333434
I don't believe there is an employee shortage, just a shortage of employers worth working for. When we're employed more often than not we're with those employers and co-workers more than we are with our family. People have learned which employers deserve loyalty and which do not!— \ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0aEdnaG.Resistor\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a (@\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0aEdnaG.Resistor\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a) 1639378005
While they took millions in government money and gave it to their shareholders.— Lori Dukro (@Lori Dukro) 1639334765
Since their parent company took millions of dollars in PPP and then decided to add a side of bullsh*t with their pancakes, the very least they can expect is a boycott. \n\n#BoycottIHOPpic.twitter.com/cntDtJQXlL— Shelby Kent-Stewart \u2122 (@Shelby Kent-Stewart \u2122) 1639348743
They got nerve! Now they\u2019re trying to lose 1/2 of their potential customers. They deserve a boycott. Maybe pay their employees better would be a good start.pic.twitter.com/YcV7kJZpJr— CJinSF (@CJinSF) 1639351896
It couldn't be the $2.25 an hour that people don't want to work for, could it? \n\nPS extra unemployment ended in June. It's December now— Jamie Carter (@Jamie Carter) 1639275384
2020 IHOP revenue 2.25billion dollars. Quit being greedy and pay your employees.— Gayle Dourn Plantz (@Gayle Dourn Plantz) 1639345957
According to Statista, IHOP has in fact made 2.25 billion dollars during 2020.
A corporate representative of the breakfast chain said the sign came from a restaurant in Wasilla, Alaska—where Sarah Palin was once mayor. IHOP said the sign was “immediately removed after we were made aware” of it.
“This was an unauthorized act of one individual and does not represent the viewpoints of IHOP or the local Franchisee."
This isn't the first time local restaurant management has put up a sign that goes against company viewpoints. One Taco Loco posted a similar sign about the government making them short staffed.
Recently, a California juice bar looked to hire new employees that "don't cry" according to a bizarre sign posted in their window.
With the Great Resignation continuing, service industries continue to be hit the hardest.
Bad attitudes and low wages probably aren't the best way to counteract that.