Noah’s Bagels in Vacaville lost 16 employees who threw allegations of the establishment’s unfair management, SFGATE reported.
The protest of the staff posted by former worker Beonce Sarmiento went viral since it was posted last Jan. 15. The video, captioned “Say no to toxic management”, showed how 15 of her colleagues quit simultaneously. The video has so far gathered 3.5 million views on TikTok.
There were also a number of mocking Yelp reviews against the location.
Bre Kowalski, the former manager of the establishment, was informed through a phone call last week of her suspension due to a customer complaint, KCRA reported. But she denied getting the complaint to the media outlet.
She then discovered her last pay in her bank account and without getting an explanation, she was fired.
“Nobody even said I was terminated, they said I was suspended,” she told KCRA.
According to a report by KCRA, she was told later that her termination was rooted on a separate concern while she was not at the establishment. She tried to contact the management for an explanation but to no avail.
Her termination has prompted the walkout which involved former employees who claim that the store is already issue-ridden.
“I have never seen anything like this as well, but that shows you how tight our bond is and how close we are together, not just as a team, but as a family,” one ex-staff told KTVU.
Noah’s Bagels continues its operation despite the walkout.
In a talk to SFGATE, the new manager said that the store is open and “very busy” but refused to answer questions.