Recently, many TikTokers said they were fired for posting about their jobs on the platform. The latest to join that line of retail workers is creator Tony Cortez, who says he was fired from T-Mobile for telling stories about the phone company.
Cortez, who posts on TikTok under the username @therealogtony, used his account to share content almost exclusively about his job at T-Mobile. Cortez’s TikToks have often been about T-Mobile’s deals, but he often appears in a mocking tone and seems to agree with his viewers, who commented on how fraudulent they can feel.
@therealogtony #fyp #tmobile ♬ original sound – ClubHouseVideos
One of these TikToks, posted on May 6th, has over a million views.
He wrote that this TikTok where Cortez jokes about having to sell “free tablets” to keep his job fired him. The post appears to imply that T-Mobile employees are expected to push the deal as far as possible.
According to T-Mobile’s website, customers can get a free tablet after purchasing it on a monthly payment plan, paying sales tax, and activating a new mobile Internet plan line to use with the device. The customer then receives the money back via 24 monthly invoice credits. Many find the way it is advertised as free to be misleading.
In his videos, Cortez often appears to blink and nod at the “free” nature of the pills.
But he responded to a viewer via a comment that his posts didn’t violate company policies, saying he “makes sure to read all of theirs.” [social media] guidelines.”
@therealogtony #fyp #tmobile ♬ Ms right – hello
However, he also said his boss asked him to delete his TikToks or told him he was being fired. Apparently that’s exactly what happened. On June 3, Cortez posted about his firing.
@therealogtony If someone hires lmk 🥲🙃📲 #tmobile #fyp ♬ the joke is on your side. icarly—Kate
“I created a TikTok account through T-Mobile because I love my job and want them to thrive,” reads the first part of the overlay text. “Get fired for this,” he added in the second clip of him dancing. “If someone hires lmk [let me know]’ he added in the caption.
Since saying he was fired, he’s continued to open up about T-Mobile’s offers.
“The FREE TABLETS don’t even come close to these heinous acts of lying and deception,” reads an overlay of text in another video.
@therealogtony Yo if you’re out there♦️@♦️Marketing team let’s make a deal 😈😏 #fyp #tmobile #verizon #att ♬ original sound – batrick pateman 🐺
Cortez’s video of his firing has been viewed more than 20,000 times, with many users coming to his defense.
“& this is why I canceled my @tmobile account and joined @verizon,” commented one user.
“Idk if that’s true but I made that my 13th reason and went in and canceled,” wrote another viewer.
Cortez clarified in the comments section that his district manager ordered his supervisor to fire him.
The Daily Dot contacted Cortez via Instagram message and T-Mobile via email for this story.
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*Initial publication: June 8, 2022 at 2:33 pm CDT
Gisselle Hernandez is a freelance journalist based in Belize, where she writes travel and internet culture articles. She enjoys watching anime, playing video games and covering all things TikTok.
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