An employee corrects the “inappropriate” comment of a new hire

In a viral TikTok, a woman says she was reprimanded by her manager after correcting a new employee for making an inappropriate comment that she likened to something someone might say in a “fitting room.”

TikTok user @stillpoorandhungry, who shares workplace stories on multiple TikTok accounts, posted the video on Saturday. She says a new employee at her workplace made a “disrespectful, inappropriate” comment to her, which she promptly corrected.

“I said, ‘Hey, don’t talk to me like that, don’t say that, don’t talk to me like that,” says @stillpoorandhungry in her video.

She says the new hire called her “sensitive” and that a manager – not her line manager – told her that her behavior was “wildly out of step” and that her job was to “make new hires feel give to be welcome”.

“It’s also very important that new hires understand boundaries,” says @stillpoorandhungry in her video. “And if they do something inappropriate, they should know right away.”

The TikToker says the manager then told her to “publicly apologize” to everyone, which she declined.

As of Thursday, @stillpoorandhungry’s video had over a million views.

@stillpoorandhungry Not by me you won’t #cringe #awkward #newhire ♬ Original sound – $yd

In a comment on her video, the TikToker said the new hire’s comment was about “something odd about my work ethic/quality.”

“And nobody laughed,” commented @stillpoorandhungry. She also says she continued to have a “great professional relationship with the colleague.”

In a follow-up video about how many views her video got, @stillpoorandhungry says she received a lot of hateful comments telling her she was a “monster”. Some comments on her viral video called the TikToker a “Karen” and said she’s “talked down” with the new attitude.

“Praise in public, constructive criticism in private,” commented @meganbetancourt. “Especially with a new hire.”

But others praised @stillpoorandhungry for what they felt was a solid way to handle the situation.

“The audacity of this manager,” commented @user62750261518. “Managers must not set personal boundaries for employees.”

“You’re right,” wrote @ericalovespizza. “You have to set the tone for what’s coming.”

The Daily Dot reached out to @stillpoorandhungry via the contact form. She did not immediately respond to comment.


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*Initial publication: November 24, 2022 at 9:54 am CST

Tricia Crimmins

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