A smite chef has gone viral on social media after he posted a video on Facebook with a message to the company that supplies servers at restaurants across the country.
Smite, which is owned by Australian food company KFC, says it employs about 50 people in Sydney.
“At the moment, we’re in a challenging period.
We’re dealing with a large staff turnover and it’s difficult to keep up with demand,” said Smite chef and founder Daniel Kettler in the video.
In the video, he said he was working from a “safe location” and would not be using his own staff, but rather using the “best of the best”.
“We are a small business, but we’re not the only ones that are struggling.
We can’t be ignored.
We need your support, your help, your support for us to thrive,” he said.
The video has attracted more than 7,500 shares and over 1.5 million views.
Mr Kettling said he wanted to highlight the issue and wanted to bring it to the attention of the company’s owners.
He said the video was not about retaliation.
I want the company to understand that there is a huge amount of pressure and fear that goes along with what is going on.
It’s hard for me to imagine that they don’t see that as well,” he told the ABC.
Kettler said the company had started recruiting staff and was working to secure additional funding to ensure the issue was not repeated.
There were concerns that the situation could have a negative impact on its business, he told news.com.au.
While the video is a big deal, the problem is not unique to Sydney, Mr Kettlin said.”
It’s not unique, and it doesn’t have to be.
You can look at other cities where there’s a very different perception and a different attitude towards people,” he added.
But some diners have taken it as a challenge to stay in restaurants at all.
A post on Facebook by a Sydney diner, who goes by The Cheesecake Man, described the situation as “unpleasant”.
The post said he and his family have been working in Sydney for the past few years and had not been able to eat in a restaurant since the start of the year.”
We were trying to get a room at the restaurant for two weeks before we found out about the problem,” he wrote.
Many have been upset that staff have been required to wear masks in public places, including bars and cafes, and are not allowed to go out with their families.”
What do you expect a guy to do when he works for a small Australian company?
You’re not supposed to be out with your family at all,” he asked.
Diners who posted the video have been inundated with messages of support.
One person wrote: “My husband and I have been looking forward to coming to your restaurant for months, but now we are having to do so at our own expense.
They’ve asked us to cover for them.
What’s worse is that you don’t seem to be making the issue public and instead are trying to cover up it for the sake of business.
“Another user wrote: ”Thank you for taking the time to speak to us, we hope this is not what you have been led to believe but please know that we appreciate your efforts and respect the work that you are doing.”