In a viral TikTok, a former Target employee warns, “If you want to keep going to Target, don’t steal from them.”
The TikTok was posted by @hoesticia on Tuesday. In the clip, the TikToker in her car responds to a comment that says, “Teach me how to steal Ty.”
“Never steal from Target,” says the TikToker. “I don’t want to seem like I’m kissing their ass or anything,” she continues, adding that she doesn’t work there anymore.
“If you want to keep going to Target, don’t steal from them,” she says. “Most likely, they already know you’re stealing. They see you in the cameras. someone is following you Most likely they are building a case against you. You will be caught.”
As of Wednesday, TikTok has over 245,600 views.
“There is literally an asset protection team. They watch the cameras all day and only come out when they’re trying to get someone,” @hoesticia explained in the comments.
“I work for target rn and she’s right,” commented one TikToker. “Security guards dress undercover and follow you if they think you’re standing.”
“She tells the 🎶truuuuthhh🎶 that my cousin owes Target $76,000 and is now under contract with them. It was either contract or jail,” wrote one TikToker.
“As someone who stole from target and had a case against her lol she’s telling 100% the truth,” commented another.
Some people disagreed. “Fren, that’s bs… I’ve been hired and loaned out REGULARLY.”
In response, @hoesticia wrote: “Maybe it’s just my old business but they watched the staff even more than the customers. ppl got fired for stealing!!”
In other TikTok videos, people say Target has built cases against them over the years “and let me steal $3,000 so they can actually send me to jail.”
The Daily Dot reached out to @hoesticia via TikTok comment and Instagram and Target via email.
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*Initial publication: March 23, 2022 at 6:13 p.m. CDT
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