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The Burger King in the south side of Pittsburgh is already infamous as the location of a false deductible for a short period, but the fast-food restaurant on East Carson Street is still making waves.
According to a viral tweet, the South Side Burger King has closed for a while from the evening of July 25 due to the departure of staff. The closure lasted at least until the morning of July 26, when City paper confirmed that the Burger King was closed and a lack of staff was one of the reasons. This Burger King location at 1820 E. Carson St. is listed as open 24 hours a day for drive-thru and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. in the dining room.
All the staff and manager of the Pittsburgh Southside burger king all stepped out tonight
Pittsburgh Police are trying to find someone to secure the building.
Until they got the parking lot blocked
– Don Carpenter (@AnarchyWaltz) July 26, 2021
According to freelance journalist Don Carpenter, who was listening to a police scanner on July 25, Pittsburgh Police were dispatched to the Burger King on East Carson Street to investigate a report of an empty and unattended building, and police assumed staff were out .
When contacted, Pittsburgh public safety officials did not explain why employees left work, but confirmed the building was vacant, but not locked or closed on the night of July 25. According to Assistant Public Safety Officer Maurice Matthews II, Pittsburgh Zone 3 Police made contact with a Burger King key holder, who then came over and secured the building.
When City paper showed up at the Burger King at 9:30 am on July 26, the dining room was closed and signs on the doors read “Our apologies for the inconvenience, the dining room is temporarily closed, thank you”. An employee could be seen inside the dining room, cleaning the tables. But when a driver stopped at the drive-thru, he quickly got out of the drive-thru and said City paper that the employee told him the restaurant was closed until other employees showed up.
This Burger King location is owned and operated by King TOMS, an Illinois-based company that operates more than 130 Burger King restaurants in Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. A request for comment from TOMS King has not been returned at press time.
Pittsburgh has recently seen a number of worker walkouts that have resulted in the closure of stores or businesses. In June, at least seven employees of a Subway restaurant in Greenfield came out and posted a sign on the door announcing that they had quit. On June 16, a sign was posted on the door of the Family Dollar on Penn Avenue in Garfield that read “The staff are shutting down!” Everyone be easy. KDKA spoke to locals to Garfield, who said this was not the first time worker shortages have caused the site to close.
Staff shortages have also forced other restaurants in the area to limit hours, and a shortage of lifeguards in Pittsburgh has caused the city to limit the number of swimming pools reopened this summer.
It’s unclear exactly why some workplaces in Pittsburgh struggle to fill positions and retain workers. Some argue that raising wages will solve the problem, while others say lingering concerns over the pandemic are preventing some from returning to public jobs, and economists note Pittsburgh’s demography as an obstacle to full employment.
According to Jobs, crew member positions at East Carson Street Burger King have a starting salary of up to $ 11 or $ 12 an hour. The marquee at the South Side Burger King announces that the restaurant is currently recruiting.
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