In a viral TikTok, a woman says she was reprimanded by her manager after correcting a new hire who made an inappropriate comment, which she likened to something someone might say in a “locker room.”
TikTok user @stillpoorandhungry, who shares workplace stories across multiple TikTok accounts, posted the video on Saturday. She says a new employee at her job made a “disrespectful, inappropriate” comment to her, which she immediately corrected.
“I said, ‘Hey, don’t talk to me like that, don’t say that to me, don’t talk to me like that,'” @stillpoorandhungry says in her video.
She says the new hire called her “sensitive” and that a manager — not her immediate manager — told her her behavior was “excessively deviant” and that it was their job to “make new hires feel welcome.”
“It is also very important for new hires to understand boundaries,” says @stillpoorandhungry in her video. “And if they do something inappropriate, they need to know right away.”
The TikToker says the manager then told her to “publicly apologize” to everyone, which she declined.
As of Thursday, @stillpoorandhungry’s video has been viewed over a million times.
@stillpoorandhungry Not from me, you don’t #shrink #uncomfortable #New employee ♬ original sound – $yd
Commenting on her video, the TikToker said the new hire’s comment related to “something strange about my work ethic/quality”.
“And nobody laughed,” @stillpoorandhungry noted. She also says she had a “great professional relationship with the colleague”.
In a follow-up video discussing how many views her video has gotten, @stillpoorandhungry says she received a lot of hateful comments telling her she was a “monster.” Some comments on her viral video called the TikToker a “Karen” and said she was “talking” to the new hire.
“Praise in public, constructive criticism in private,” said @meganbetancourt. “Especially with a new addition.”
But others praised @stillpoorandhungry for what they said was a solid way to take control of the situation.
“The guts of that manager,” commented @user62750261518. “Managers *cannot* set personal boundaries for employees.”
“You’re right,” @ericalovespizza wrote. “You have to set the tone for what’s to come.”
The Everything contacted @stillpoorandhungry via the contact form. She did not immediately respond to comments.