Restaurant warns of slow service, blames staff shortage on ‘government and state handouts’

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A California taqueria is warning its customers that service may be slower due to a staffing shortage it blamed on government unemployment benefits.

Taco Loco Taqueria in Folsom, California, posted a sign asking its customers to have patience with its staff because “no one wants to work anymore.” The restaurant attributed the staffing problem to “government and state handouts,” which were increased at the beginning of the pandemic.

A sign addressed to the Taco Loco’s loyal customers thanked patrons for their support and explained the business’s plight, reading, “Sadly, Due to Government and State Handouts No One Wants to Work Anymore. Therefore, We Are Short Staffed. Please Be Patient with Our Staff That Did Choose to Come to Work Today to Serve You.”

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When responding to criticism of the sign on Saturday, Taco Loco wrote on Facebook that the business pays employees “very well” and that $414,000 in Paycheck Protection Program loans were “paid out.”

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