KFC worker does morning prep work before clocking in
A video of a KFC employee showing her morning prep at the fast-food chain has sparked concern and outrage on TikTok, as the TikToker only turns on after the prep work is complete.
The video, posted by Brittney Keighley (@brittneykeighley93) on Jan. 24, highlights the entire process of getting the restaurant ready for operation, from boiling the water for the gravy sauce to filling the salad containers.
@brittneykeighley93 Morning prep at KFC #workthings #kfc #goodmorning #fyp ♬ Chill Vibes – Tollan Kim
The overlay text helps explain each step of the process. The controversy part comes at the end of the video, however, when the TikToker clocks herself in – only after all the preparations are complete, more than an hour and a half after she started her workday.
The TikTok, which managed to rack up over 43,100 views on Tuesday, sparked a discussion in the comments, with many users arguing that one should never work before clocking in.
One commenter said, “ARE YOU NOT SIGNED IN BEFORE THIS?!”
Another remarked: “Why didn’t you come forward when you were preparing? It’s illegal, they can get in serious trouble if they don’t pay employees.”
Another user added: “In all seriousness. You need [clock] in as soon as you walk in that door. If you get hurt, you don’t get paid.”
“You should clock in anytime you work and tell a manager or whoever to go back and change your clock on time,” advised another commenter. This isn’t the first time the subject of wage theft has been raised tick tock. Back in March of last year, a TikToker went viral after posting a video of bosses being blasted who require you to show up early but expect you to check in after your regular shift has started.
Similarly, the Service Employees International Union conducted a 2022 study that found that 85% of fast food workers in California have experienced wage theft.
The Daily Dot has contacted Keighley via TikTok comment and KFC via press email.
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*Initial publication: February 7, 2023 2:09 pm CST
Vladimir Supica is a Serbia-based freelance writer for the Daily Dot. He enjoys traveling around Europe, reading non-fiction books and playing with his dog Max.
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