02/03/2016 02:01 EST | Updated 02/03/2016 02:59 EST

Emma's Eatery, Closed Halifax Restaurant, Sparks Social Media Uproar

She said young workers expect to be "paid dearly" and have shifts scheduled around their cellphone use.

Facebook/Emma's Eatery

HALIFAX — A Halifax-area restaurant owner has sparked a social media uproar by complaining that a "frustrating new generation'' of employees with a poor work ethic has helped kill her business.

A Facebook post Tuesday from Kim Stacey, owner of the now-defunct Emma's Eatery, cites several reasons for the closure — but much of the online jousting is over her decision to highlight what she describes as the entitled attitude of young Nova Scotians.

In her post, Stacey complains that during the nine years the Eastern Passage eatery was open, young employees demanded to be "paid dearly'' for working shifts that did not interfere with their social activities, hobbies and cellphone use.

Amid the hundreds of passionate online responses — most of which bemoan the loss of the restaurant — Stacey is simultaneously condemned for slandering an entire generation and celebrated for telling it as it is.

In response to one Facebook critic, Stacey goes on to complain about young, socially active adults who still live at home and expect their employers to "put their business priorities below the (employee's) extra curricular activities.''

More than a few on Facebook took Stacey to task for her views, saying she has only herself to blame for making poor choices when hiring.

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Emmas is now permanently closed. To all of our customers who have so...

Posted by Emma's Eatery on Monday, 1 February 2016


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