A Taco Bell employee has revealed he was fired after filming a video of his manager’s racist remarks about workers having to ‘clean the floors because [they are] Black.”
The TikTok user who shared the video said it was sent to him by the sister of the employee who originally filmed the clip.
In the video, the worker can be seen confronting the manager, but his bravery backfired after he allegedly lost his job because of the video.
The viral video shows the Taco Bell manager’s racist remarks about workers.
The manager of a Taco Bell in Lexington, Virginia was seen in the viral video saying, “[The employee’s name] sweeps the floor because it is black. [Another employee’s name] mop the floor because he’s black.”
The employee, who prefers to remain anonymous, had asked his manager: “Why do you always make me sweep and wash?” before she starts his racist tirade.
The Taco Bell employee has revealed he was fired for filming the video of his white manager.
“If my video wasn’t there, if I didn’t have video and it was just hearsay, I don’t think anything would have happened,” the worker told NBC 10. “I think I would have always been out of a job, and they would always be working there, happily ever after.
The employee said that after the video was taken, his manager sent him home, telling him not to come back the next day, despite being on schedule.
“She told me I could leave,” the employee said of his manager. “I said ‘I’m not leaving until 11.’ So we had exchanges of words about my departure, about the fact that I wouldn’t come tomorrow, about the fact that she didn’t need me.
He also shared that since TikTok went viral, he and his family have received death threats.
“I also received a threatening message from a number saying that they were going to kill me and my children. And they hoped that I kept the “same energy” when I “held the lifeless bodies of my children” “, he explained.
The TikTok user who shared the video said the Taco Bell employee was trying to find a lawyer, but no one wanted to take her case, sharing that all the information she received came from the sister of the employee.
“I don’t know if she wants to keep it private so I won’t include her Instagram handle, but I’ll send her this so she can watch the comments,” the TikTok user said in the video. “If there are any lawyers or anyone who wants to help, she can see it in the comments.”
Taco Bell responded to the viral video.
Taco Bell’s TikTok account commented below the video, writing, “We do not condone this behavior and are reviewing the situation with the information you have provided.”
The Taco Bell Corporate also released a statement to NBC 10, saying they have since fired the manager of that Taco Bell location.
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“We take this seriously. Our franchisee who owns and operates this location immediately addressed the incident in accordance with their policies and informed us that the individual seen in the video no longer works for them.”
The employee also confirmed that he had also been offered a return to his job and alerted the authorities to the death threats, urging them to open an investigation.
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