A Five Below worker called on the company to give out keychains as a reward for hard work during a viral TikTok, sparking debate.
Emma Isabel (@emmaisabel._) posted a video denouncing discount retail chain Five Below. It has received more than 345,700 views since it was posted on November 24.
In the video, Emma Isabel sits in the back room of the retail store while holding a Five Below keychain. A text overlay that says, “When you focus on work and they give you a keychain back.”
Year below is a specialty discount chain that offers mostly products for $5 or less aimed at teenagers and young adults. Based on paycale.com, cashiers and sales associates an average of $10 an hour. Employees also get a 20% discount on all products, which is an added “motivation” to working there.
Retail workers have faced additional stress such as The industry faces the problem of shortage of manpower that forces employees to do extra tasks with low wages. Many retail workers have take to TikTok to express their displeasure.
Some viewers believe that Emma Isabel’s “reward” should be her salary.
“Your reward is the money you get lol,” one viewer wrote.
However, most viewers felt her pain. Her frustrations were echoed by other overwhelmed retail employees. Many commenters praised her experience and shared their own.
“I worked for that company for a month. IDK about your experience but where I am is too toxic,” said @drea080420.
“You get a keychain? I get stale pizza slices,” said @aiekmarquez23.
“Bruh, I’m glad I don’t work for Five Below anymore. They treat their employees so badly,” @alexabrianaa said.
The Daily Dot has reached out to @emmaisabel._ and Five Below for comment.
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*First published: December 20, 2021, 6:12 p.m. CST
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https://www.dailydot.com/irl/five-below-key-chain-reward-tiktok/ The five workers below receive a keychain as a reward for their hard work