A Wendy’s employee posted to TikTok about a Christmas shortage, and viewers are engaged in an online debate.
In the video, the creator (@screwhead_92) wrote in the text overlay, “When it’s Christmas week and everyone at your work calls, so you have to look at the schedule and you still have no one. ” This video spurred a discussion about giving service workers the big holidays.
In the 2 days since it was posted, the video has been viewed more than 200,000 times and garnered more than 12,000 likes. Most of the comments go to TikTok creators and other fast food workers who have to work during the holiday season.
“Let’s normalize the big holidays off,” one person wrote.
“Might as well close the door and go home,” said another.
“Most likely it wasn’t even busy on Christmas eve,” said a third viewer.
A few, however, were less sympathetic, blaming chains for discouraging workers from entering work on those days.
“Great, could pay more,” said one viewer.
Meanwhile, other service workers added that they were planning to call or they already had.
“Thanks for the reminder,” joked one commenter.
Daily Dot has reached out to the creator and Wendy’s for comment.
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*First published: December 22, 2021, 5:16 p.m. CST
Moises Mendez II is a recent graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. He’s a freelance journalist based in New York City, writing about everything from music to LGBTQ issues.
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