A former Kohl’s worker says they were accused of “stealing” and fired after a customer gave them $30 in Kohl’s cash in a viral TikTok.
In a video with over 263,000 views, TikToker @whyd0ieats0much says a customer told her she could keep the Kohl’s Cash she earned from her purchase.
“I don’t really think it’s stealing,” she says in the clip. “I called this customer and she had $30 worth of Kohl’s Cash. So I gave it to her… She said, ‘No, I don’t want to come back. I’m done Christmas shopping.” She said, ‘You can have it!'”
The TikToker says she accepted the Kohl’s Cash and thanked the customer, then used the Kohl’s Cash to buy a pair of Converse.
The next day, she says, her manager took her to the office and asked her if she had anything to confess. She said no.”
The manager then informed her that she was being reprimanded for accepting Kohl’s Cash from a customer, which they believed was stolen.
She goes on to say that she asked her to show her footage of the incident to prove that the customer gave her the Kohl’s Cash. They refused and told her that she would never work at a Kohl site again.
She says this incident happened 3 years ago.
@whyd0ieats0much When I replied @brasil419 I thought ok I don’t want to come back anyway 🙄 #employeeofthemonth ♬ Original soundtrack – ashlicious
While some users indicated that their actions violated Kohl’s policies, others with experience working at Kohl indicated that they were often unaware of various business policies.
“I’ve only been with Kohl for a month and I’ve already been accused of theft because I called and abused myself[d] my discount…” shared one user. “They never told me that [you’re not supposed to ring yourself up]they literally threw me on the register my first day and accused me of stealing a BLANKET.”
“I worked there for 1 year. I didn’t know you couldn’t do this. I would have done it too,” wrote another.
“You were just a kid, that’s a stupid rule,” said a third. “They should have reminded you and sent you on your way.”
In response, @whyd0ieats0much wrote that while she now understands what she did was against store policy, a lifetime ban is baseless.
“I got the hang of it after a while, but a warning would have been in order,” she commented
The Daily Dot reached out to @whyd0ieats0much via TikTok comment and Kohl’s via email.
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*Initial publication: January 16, 2023 9:19 am CST
Braden Bjella is a culture writer. His work can be found in Mixmag, Electronic Beats, Schön! magazine and more.
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