In a viral TikTok, plates are seen strewn all over the floor of a restaurant kitchen after a worker quits.


‘That’s why we need to treat employees better’: Restaurant worker trashes kitchen before quitting, sparking debate on TikTok

'Doesn't matter how upset a person is, there's no reason to treat people that way.'


Tricia Crimmins


Posted on Dec 21, 2021   Updated on Dec 22, 2021, 10:58 am CST

In a TikTok posted on Dec. 17 by @dirtdawg420, plates and food are strewn all over a restaurant kitchen floor. @dirtdawg420 captioned the video saying that the food expeditor—also known as an “expo”—at the restaurant he works at quit “and threw every plate as us cooks.”

Food expeditors manage order flow and restaurant service. @dirtdawg420 also captioned the video with the hashtag #CheddarsScratchKitchen, a restaurant chain.

“We almost did all leave,” @dirtdawg420 commented on the video. “The servers cleaned it up and we got right back to it.”


So my expo lost his mind and threw every plate at us cooks and went out with a bang!! #cheddarsscratchkitchen #phsyco #lostit #badnight #cooklife #restaurauntlife #shitshow #goodtimes #lmaoo

♬ Oh No – Kreepa

The video has received 7.6 million views. Other TikToks of people quitting their jobs publicly have gone viral recently, too.

Users in the comments section of @dirtdawg420’s video were divided about the food expeditor’s actions.

“[That’s] why we need to treat employees better,” wrote @user262497140664. @dirtdawg420 responded saying that he and his coworkers are “under appreciated and underpaid.”

“This is what [happens] when management doesn’t care,” commented @nadiii.txxx. “Sometimes it’s not the workers fault.”

“Poor dude, must have been overworked and finally lost it,” commented @ashbashtastic.

But others disagreed.

“Doesn’t matter how upset a person is,” wrote @user4063728414358. “There’s no reason to treat people that way and make it even harder for them to work.”

Former food expeditors chimed in, too.

“I cried a lot from stressing because the managers would watch me struggle and not help during a rush,” commented @butterrballs.

“It’s stressful when cooks won’t give [you] what [you’re] missing & waiters are pushing for their plates,” wrote @dramaticmood.

The Daily Dot has reached out to @dirtdawg420 and Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen.

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*First Published: Dec 21, 2021, 7:04 pm CST