McDonald’s manager asks applicant to text Social Security

Panicked, TikToker Kai (@thatonegirltthatates) took to the platform and asked her followers if it was normal to text their social security number.

The now-viral video showed that this is a common, albeit seen as unprofessional, practice when hiring employees at fast-food chains like McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Sonic, according to users in the comments section.

“Okay, I’m freaking out, I don’t know if it’s supposed to be me or not,” Kai says at the beginning of the video. “Can someone please tell me if I’m going crazy?”

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The creator explains that she applied for a job at McDonald’s on her school campus three weeks earlier and received confirmation that she was hired. After receiving no further communication, Kai repeatedly went to the restaurant to inquire about their schedule.

After finally speaking to the hiring manager, she was told she could start within two days of providing her social security number and ID

“I sent it to her and then she just let me read it and now I’m kind of freaking out,” she says in the video. “Should I be worried? I’m freaking scared.”

In the comments, some users offered advice, while others berated her for sending personal information via text.

“Originally your identity was stolen because of a job at McDonald’s,” commented one user.

“WHY SHOULD YOU SEND A PHOTO OF YOUR SSN,” said another.

“It’s normal for an employer to ask, but the way the manager messaged me asking for it is highly unprofessional,” commented a third user.

Five days later, Kai wears her McDonald’s uniform in a second video.

“Apparently everyone texts their social security number, like a picture of it, to your boss anyway, and it’s normal or something,” she says.

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Viewers in the comments urged Kai to write down her social security number personally next time.

“No girls I have NEVER sent a picture of my ssn, you should literally fill it out in the application and they should have it like that,” commented one user.

“It is [definitely] not normal, just be glad nothing happened,” said another.

The Daily Dot contacted Kai via Instagram direct message and McDonalds via email.

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*Initial publication: September 26, 2022 at 5:45 p.m. CDT

Lauren Castro

Lauren Castro is a reporter from Austin, Texas.

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