A TikToker claimed workers played “male screaming sound effects” while she was the only customer in a restaurant, and viewers think it was her way of getting her to leave.
TikToker Mera (@mera_carlsjrangelgirl) posted a video of her sitting in the restaurant trying to enjoy a salad. At least two screams can be heard in the background.
“This restaurant plays like male screaming sound effects???..loud. I’m literally the only customer here,” the text overlay reads.
♬ Original sound – Mera
The video has been viewed over 1.1 million times since Mera posted it on May 11. It’s unclear if the video is staged. An older one of Mera’s videos features the same green chair and brick wall, indicating it’s in the same restaurant. Only in the older one does she claim to be a worker.
@mera_carlsjrangelgirl ♬ Mariner’s Apartment Complex – Lana Del Rey
However, most viewers took their new video at face value, speculating that the workers used the screaming sounds to get them to leave.
“They want you out girl…” said one user.
Viewers also assumed that since Mera was the only one in the restaurant, she was there around closing time.
“You should probably check when they close baby,” reads the top comment with over 50,000 likes.
Staged or not, others claiming to be service industry workers found resonance in the clip, apparently confirming that this tactic is used by those who want customers to leave.
“I used to play dogs barking to get customers to leave. This restaurant chose men who scream for some reason,” shared one.
“Help I’m screaming because we literally did this at my work,” claimed a second.
“Yeah they really wanted you to leave bestie we do it at my shop,” wrote a third.
The Daily Dot reached out to Mera for comment via TikTok comment and Twitter direct message.
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*Initial publication: July 19, 2022 2:57 pm CDT
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