Fast food worker fired over viral video
It's become a sure fire way to get viral success - hop on TikTok, share some behind-the-scenes tips from your popular workplace and watch as the video racks up hundreds of thousands of views.
But one viral TikTok star has claimed she was fired from her fast food job after a video of her revealing "tips" for customers got millions of views.
19-year-old TikTok user @anasteeezy, first name Ana, was elated when a video she shared about Chick-Fil-A, a fast food fried chicken chain in the United States, got more than 2.6 million views.
"So I work at Chick-Fil-A and I'm here to give you all the tips and tricks on secret menu items, how to get things cheaper," Ana said in the video.
In the short clip she shared how to get a bigger Mango Passion tea for less money by ordering another drink and adding mango syrup to it, sharing pictures of a Chick-Fil-A register screen.
In a follow-up video Ana was in the car and claimed she was "actually on my way to get fired now".
She later explained that she had "finished my day at work and decided it'd be cool to make a Chick-Fil-A video".
Ana said she had been excited when she went "TikTok famous", but soon began getting "messages and threats from Chick-Fil-A operators and employees trying to get me fired".
Then things got worse, with Ana claiming she "got a call from my boss saying we needed to talk and that I needed to return my uniform".
Ana's firing got plenty of sympathy from her fans, who said they had enjoyed her original video and were looking forward to more tips.
"Do they not realise that these tips can help low-income families and such to afford more food for their buck?" one person wrote, while another added: "Can't believe what they did to you! So unreasonable."
"I still don't know why they would fire you," another commenter fumed. "It's not like it's a big deal, you were just trying to help people out. It's not like they're losing money."
But while people joked that she had "took one for the team", others said it wasn't unreasonable for an employer to take action if you reveal work secrets.
"OK they shouldn't do that but honestly what do you guys expect when you're exposing a company on social media," one person wrote.
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One woman has had more success with her TikTok videos about another fast food giant, posting about her time working there six years after she left the role.
New York makeup artist Dessy Joseph worked at McDonald's from 2013 to 2014 and gone viral for posting more than 30 videos about the fast food chain.
Some of her best tips include how to get a discount and why you should never order a caramel sundae.
Dessy explained that the different sundae sauces were stored in "metal bins" at the base of the machine which would cause the caramel to go off.
"The machine gets hot, it heats up when it's working and condensation builds. Condensation plus tight closed spaces equals mould," she said.
"There was plenty of occasions where we would open the thingy and there'd be mould in it."
In another video, Dessy said that there was an easy way to get a discount if, for example, you were ordering a hot cakes breakfast and wanted to change some items.
"Most of you would say no hash browns, but I want extra bacon. The person will remove the hash browns but add the extra bacon and you just spent two dollars for no reason," she explained.
"Instead use the word sub say 'no hash brown sub bacon'. It reminds the cashier to press the sub button and you won't be charged extra."
Originally published as Fast food worker fired over viral video