Burger King employee fired for posting ‘Now Hiring Must Be Mexican’ sign

Facebook’s proverbial angry mob took to Burger King’s fan page this week in reaction to the above photo which began circulating on the Web. The photo, taken by Facebook user Larry Camden, is of a sign ostensibly written by a disgruntled employee that reads Now Hiring Must Be Mexican. The location of the restaurant is unknown, despite earlier reports that it was in Ephrata, Washington.

Burger King Corp. responded promptly to the outrage, noting that the sign was posted last summer without the approval of the company and that the employee responsible has been fired. In a statement issued to Latina.com on Wednesday, the company elaborated:

Burger King Corp. (BKC) is aware of this Facebook post. The signage in question took place at a franchisee owned and operated restaurant. The signage was unauthorized and posted briefly and photographed last summer by a former restaurant employee. We have been informed by the franchisee that immediate actions were taken to terminate the employee responsible. BKC has a long history of dedication to diversity and inclusion. Diversity is a driving force behind both our innovation and an inclusive environment for our people — employees, franchisees, suppliers and restaurant guests alike. In addition, the franchisee that owns and operates this BURGER KING® restaurant has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind.”

Now that the corporation has resolved the situation internally, they can go back to addressing other issues on their Facebook page, e.g.:

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h/t KFFM