Tropical smoothie workers show how they rest without sitting

A viral TikTok video of two employees at the Tropical Smoothie Cafe shows the understandable experience many fast-food workers have when management doesn’t allow them to sit during their shifts.

The video posted by user @shutyournuggets shows several workers at a fast food chain finding ways to rest their legs without sitting down. Workers squat, lean against walls, balance on one leg to give the other a rest, and lean over a counter.

“No chairs in sight,” reads the caption of the video. It seems that the Smoothie Cafe, like many fast-food restaurants, doesn’t allow its employees to sit down during working hours.

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Other former and current Tropical Smoothie Cafe employees said they’ve had similar experiences while working at the chain.

“Tropical was the best and worst job I’ve ever had,” commented one viewer.

“Original [sic] I don’t know how I made it to Tropical,” wrote another.

Some commenters said the chain’s employees, along with other fast-food workers, aren’t being paid enough to work a shift without sitting down.

“For $10 an hour, I know why people still obey ALL commands [laughing emoji]’ commented one viewer.

Other users said they would use any excuse to take a bathroom break just to sit down. Some have expressed confusion over the “no sitting” rule common in many chain restaurants.

“I don’t understand the no-sit rules, what about the belief that we can’t sit productively,” asked one user.

“Siting down is a reasonable accommodation,” wrote a second user.

A third commented: “This should be illegal.”

While many fast food chains do not provide seating for their employees, some states have enacted laws on the issue. In California, employers cannot deny their employees a seat based on a preference they represent, and other factors must be considered. The state Supreme Court made the decision following a class action lawsuit filed by workers at CVS and JP Morgan Chase Bank who faced workplace injuries from prolonged standing, according to GEKLAW.

The Daily Dot contacted the creator via TikTok comment and Tropical Smoothie via email.


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*Initial publication: December 8, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. CST

Cecilia Lenzen

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