A PR worker has gone viral on TikTok for calling a group of male salespeople after seeing “fitting room talk” about herself in her Teams chat.
Worker Whitney Sharpe (@whitneyrose617) posted the video on Jan. 24. On January 25, the video reached over 7.5 million views.
“When a vendor accidentally shares their groups teams chat and all nasty things about me. It’s 2023 can this stop,” Sharpe wrote in the video’s text overlay.
In the video, Sharpe confronted the potential saleswoman after showing messages he and his colleagues had sent each other about her. The news was revealed when the provider shared his screen during their virtual meeting.
“First of all, if we continue to work together, I want to work with a sales rep because I don’t want to see the dressing room talking about me when you’re sharing screens,” she told Vendor.
“I know that was a mistake, but I don’t want to see it,” Sharpe continued. “I like the product. I know it’s tried and true, but I just want to work with a woman.”
The salesman issued a brief apology, calling the news “inexcusable” and telling Sharpe there were several other sales reps she could work with.
Sharpe summarized their situation in the video’s caption. “It’s tough being a woman in a male-dominated field,” she wrote.
It’s tough being a woman in a male-dominated field 😬
♬ Original sound – Whitney
In the comments, many users praised Sharpe for calling out the inappropriate messages.
“You should be humiliated. Good for you that you stand up for yourself!!” A user commented.
“Inspirational to see you addressing it head on at the moment,” wrote another.
Sharpe revealed that she received an apology email from the company’s VP of Sales and shared a screenshot of the message in a follow-up video. Despite the apology, she couldn’t get in touch with a sales rep because the company “didn’t have a woman competent enough to help you.”
“Red flag, red flag! Don’t you see that as a problem?” Sharpe said in the clip. “Why don’t you hire someone? There are many talented women on the field.”
At the end of the video, Sharpe said she would like “a call” from management to explain what they are doing to “take action”.
@whitneyrose617 How not to apologize in Corporate America 101 #hrnightmare ♬ Flowers – Miley Cyrus
Sharpe explained in a second follow-up that she decided not to hire the company as a salesperson after receiving a call from the VP of Sales.
“He called me to do damage control, basically to save the sale,” she said. “I cannot work with a vendor that does not support women in business.”
The saga continues. I can’t thank you all enough for the love and support. There are so many badass women out there 💖
♬ Original sound – Whitney
In an email to the Daily Dot, Sharpe said the company she works for was “only supportive” after the incident.
“I received several calls today to make sure I felt safe and supported in our work environment. Our HR team is following all necessary steps and procedures in investigating this further,” she wrote.
She went on to say that she “tells all the young sales pros [she] Mentors that there are bad deals too.”
“Call out injustice right now, and if you face retaliation, we don’t want to employ it anyway,” advises Sharpe.
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*Initial publication: January 25, 2023 at 5:29 pm CST
Rebekah Harding is a freelance reporter for the Daily Dot. She has digital and print bylines in Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, SheKnows and more.
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