A TikToker went viral yesterday after saying she misheard a guy she was dating because she thought he worked at television network CBS, but found out he actually worked as a cashier at CVS drugstore. The viral video sparked debate about classism, financial stability and dating standards.
The video was posted by TikToker Kerry Schwartz (@comfywith_kerry), the author of a memoir titled “Series of Unfortunate Men,” which describes the lessons she learned about boundaries and standards from her history of bad dating experiences . On her TikTok account, which has over 79,400 followers, she makes videos about some of the unlucky and fun dates she’s had, including an unusual experience with a Food Network host.
In her viral TikTok post on Wednesday, Kerry describes how she allegedly met a cute man in line at Trader Joe’s with whom she exchanged numbers. On the phone, Kerry says she was impressed when she thought he told her he worked at CBS. She says he invited her to lunch and also asked her to pick him up from work for the date.
Though she thought it odd that he asked for a ride, she entered the address he sent and went to pick him up anyway. To her surprise, she showed up at the CVS Pharmacy – not the CBS Studios. In the video, she allegedly films herself arriving at the site.
“These are CVS people. He works at CVS, not CBS!” says the TikToker, laughing in the video.
“Send me an SOS,” she captioned the video, which received over 3 million views.
Send me a 🆘!!!
♬ Original sound – Cozy with Kerry 💁♀️
In the comments section of the viral video, users debated whether Kerry’s video was classic or too judgmental.
“I’m confused. So what?” A user criticized.
“And what’s wrong with cvs? That’s his job. Kudos cvs worker,” commented another.
“Does it matter where he works? he has a job The inside is just as important as the looks. he could be a great guy,” argued a third.
On the other hand, some users came out in defense of TikToker in the comments section.
“A woman in her thirties who is ready to settle down needs a financially stable partner. A same. Sorry, but minimum wage and no car is not enough,” defended one user.
“I’ll say what they don’t say to the ‘at least he has a job’ comments.. Grown up, financially stable women don’t want to take care of anyone,” argued another.
In two follow-up videos, Kerry says she doesn’t see anything wrong with working at CVS, and she didn’t laugh at her date about working at CVS, but “just made fun of it” for misunderstanding the guy. The TikToker says that when she heard he worked at CVS and learned he was a cashier, going on a date with him didn’t change her mind — she doesn’t care where he works.
“We ended up having nothing in common about the date and I actually told him I thought he told CBS and we got a kick out of it and we laughed about it,” the TikToker said in a video. “He doesn’t have a car, he lives with two roommates. I’m not shaming the guy, but I’m a 36 year old woman. He is 38. I am looking for a man who is mentally, emotionally and financially stable. He doesn’t have to be rich.”
The TikToker says in the video that she doesn’t come from a wealthy family and has worked hard to get where she is today, learning to raise her standards after several bad experiences with men.
“So yeah, I’m going to be selective about who I date now because the next person I seriously date will be the last,” the TikToker adds. “He’s a nice guy and I wish him the best.”
The TikToker also says the man mentioned in the video is aware of the situation and thinks it’s no big deal. She adds that he agrees they are incompatible and they both laughed about it.
In an email to the Daily Dot, Kerry said she was upset by the comments that she was unfairly making fun of the man in the video. She claimed that she herself was a former employee of both CVS and CBS and believes that neither job is more valuable than the other.
“As someone who advocates for mental health and has been through a lot of trial and error… I was really upset by a lot of the comments,” the TikToker told the Daily Dot. Anyone who follows me or watches my videos knows I make fun of myself and my dating history all the time.”
“I wrote a book about my toxic relationships, abuse and heartbreak with men,” she continued. “I’ve come to a point in my life where I’m very happy to be single and after 36 years I’ve finally learned to love myself. We all have the right to have standards and boundaries. I don’t have the emotional or mental capacity to support a man when I’m struggling to support myself in these areas. Stability in all areas is important to me and I think anyone who has gone through trauma and difficulties in their relationships would feel the same.”
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*Initial publication: July 1, 2022 at 11:24 am CDT
Grace Stanley is a reporter covering creators and influencers. You were previously the social media manager for Nautilus Magazine and attended the University of Texas at Austin.
https://www.dailydot.com/irl/date-works-at-cvs-not-cbs-debate/ Wife says she thought her date was employed by CBS, not CVS