TULSA, Okla — Throughout the pandemic business have struggled with supply issues and staffing shortages, and those struggles still remain.
Arnold's Old Fashioned Hamburgers has employees balancing two jobs a shift just to keep serving their customers.
They currently have twenty-five employees, which is down from thirty-four in the summer of 2021.
Owner Frank Arnold told 2 News, “we’re running three to four people short Every day so it’s making harder on our service and the ones that we do have are having to work harder to make up for the people that we don’t have.“
Arnold put out a social media post to his more than twelve thousand followers explaining that they are battling a lack of workers and asking to spread the word that they are in need of employees.
“We got two applications And so it’s challenging. It’s just challenging times and every restaurant, every type of business I know of, I know a lot of different business owners that’s not in the food business, they’re having the same challenges just getting people to come in and fill out applications," Arnold said.
Due to the lack of workers, Arnold said not only are his workers affected but subsequently the service to customers is affected too.
“Before COVID every week, without even posting anything, we would have 10-15 people a week come in and out applications in. So when I got ready to hire someone I’d have 30 or 40 applications that I could go through and call people in for interviews but that stuff doesn’t happen anymore so like I said we had two applications after that post," Arnold said.
He opened Arnold's Old Fashion Hamburgers thirty-six years ago.
“We started this in 1986. Matter of fact next week the 24th of February will be 36 years," Arnold said.
Arnold told 2 News he is dedicated to doing whatever he can to get more applicants and keeping his business going.
Many customers said they weren't aware of a staffing shortage at Arnold's Old Fashion Hamburgers because the service is just as good and speedy as it always was.
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