Fed-up employees have quit their jobs in dramatic fashion by pinning a note to the door of their store telling everyone about their grievances.

Workers at Hot Top, a chain store in the United States, stuck the notice on the door of the branch in the Apache Mall, in Rochester, Minnesota, as they decided to quit en masse.

It read: "Almost all of our staff [walked] out due to the inability of the Hot Topic Company to support and give a living wage.

"We cannot support ourselves and our families. We have worked so hard and cannot do this any longer.

"You cannot pay your workers in passion. Sorry for the inconvenience."

After details of their stance were posted on Reddit, the message went viral – and the workers quickly won approval for their actions.

"People are not accepting poverty wages anymore. Corporate America is in for a fight," one woman commented.

Another said: "Total support for these Hot Topic workers and for fed-up mall goths everywhere. A cool 'alternative' job is still a job, and as they so poignantly wrote, 'You cannot pay your workers in passion'."

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Sarah Sailors, who was part of the walk-out, and Elle Driskell Felts, who previously worked at the store, spoke to ABC 6 News over the weekend, saying the support they had received from around the world had been "insane".

In a joint message, they added: "We really appreciate it. It means the absolute world to us, especially those of us who had especially hard times."

Former employee Elle, who quit the chain last year, told PostBulletin.com that staff had reached the end of their tether.

"The major issue was the pay was absolutely nowhere for what was expected of us.

"It’s not OK that people in management were working as close to full-time as they were allowed by the company and still having to choose every month between paying a bill or getting groceries. That’s just not OK."

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