The story of a waitress being fired from her job at a restaurant serves as a harsh reminder of the hierarchy in those workplaces.
User Annie (@ann.with.an.ie) had been in the same job for four years and was such an exemplary employee that she was even named employee of the month. In a series of TikTok videos, she explains things went sideways when she became friends with a new, “chill” manager.
The TikToker says it started when she and her colleague complained about the low tips they received during the slow season. “We didn’t make any money,” she says.
In response, Annie claims her manager “offered and insisted” that they could use their manager card to provide a military discount on tickets — even though they weren’t military customers.
“That would just tip us a few extra dollars,” she adds.
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According to Annie, sometimes the servers asked to take advantage of the discount, and sometimes the manager just did it for them. Although she says the additional amount she received over time as a result was less than $100, it eventually caught the attention of senior managers in the company, who invited her to a meeting .
“He has the receipts physically in front of him and he’s like, ‘I could embarrass you and tell everyone what you did, but because you’ve been here for so long I’m going to be nice and I’m just going to fire you’ ‘ she recalled in the clip.
The manager was eventually fired too, she says, but none of the other people who did the same stunt got into trouble, partly because Annie refused to name names.
“They just wanted to make an example of me,” she claims. “And I’m like, brother, what? All these other people in here are like this, they get high in the bathroom, they drink at work and they steal other things. And I was the only person who got fired because of that particular incident… I just have way too much faith in that manager who said it was fine.”
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Annie’s video has received over 73,000 views since it was shared on Wednesday. In the comments, several viewers claimed that their managers actually do similar things to increase their employees’ tips, leading Annie to remark that “unsurprisingly, it’s very common.”
Others pointed out that technically it’s still a form of stealing, but people were more focused on taking this whole story as a reminder not to take management’s word, because that can’t protect you if someone Higher things have a different perspective.
“Managers are never your friend,” wrote one user.
Another said Annie’s story “sounds like following your manager’s orders, not wrongdoing.”
Another TikToker suggested “never caring that much about a job. They will never take care of you.”
Others pointed out the underlying problem. “Maybe we need to stop tipping and PAY people a decent wage!” said one.
The Daily Dot reached out to @ann.with.an.ie via TikTok comment.
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*Initial Release: January 5, 2023 1:57 PM CST
Rachel Kiley is an author who sometimes writes things and sometimes lives in LA but is definitely always on Twitter @rachelkiley.
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