People in El Paso, Texas, were furious when they arrived at the steak house ready for a hearty dinner only to be greeted by signs that insulted their intellect and nation.

This restaurant underestimated its own uniqueness while other restaurants struggled to stay open during the epidemic. Staff shortages have been the norm across the United States since the country’s economy collapsed in 2020 when millions of people were thrown out of their jobs and onto the street during one of the deadliest epidemics in history.

The message, as seen in the picture below, says that the establishment is experiencing staff shortages and that patrons are urged to remain patient as they wait for service. However, the restaurant was slammed for how it worded the message to its patrons.

Photo Credit: KTSM 9 News

The “offensive” sign read:

“Sadly, due to government handouts, no one wants to work anymore. Therefore, we are short-staffed. Please be patient with the staff that did choose to come to work today, and remember to tip your server. They chose to show up to serve you.”

Photo Credit: KTSM 9 News

After the restaurant’s signage went viral on social media, reporters from Texas’ KTSM 9 News contacted them looking for a response – but the steak house has remained quiet in the hopes that everything will go away and customers will stop noting their insulting statement to consumers.

Photo Credit: KTSM 9 News

Business people in Texas understand that restaurants like this steakhouse are struggling to keep up with nationwide chains. However, Leo Duran of the Texas Restaurant Association believes that employers need to raise wages to remain competitive.

“If you’re going to survive, you’ve got to compete, and wages are really the baseline of what employees are interested in,” said Duran, president-elect of the Texas Restaurant Association. “Just trying to shake off this pandemic and realize that we’re going out of it; let’s get back on our feet and get back to work.”

The restaurant has not yet released a statement in response to the viral sign – but we will be sure to update this story as soon as they do.