Amazon employee fired while filming TikTok
The TikToker was one of thousands laid off by Amazon last week.
An Amazon employee accidentally captured the moment she was fired from her job during a TikTok video.
Jen Lucas, from Atlanta, Georgia, was making a day-in-the-life video inspired by the current TikTok trend of filming in the style of director Wes Anderson.
The viral video begins with Lucas banging her head against a wall, with the text overlay reading: “I was trying to film a cute Wes Anderson-style WFH and accidentally filmed myself getting laid off??!”
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The TikTok, which has garnered more than 6.4 million views, shows Lucas waking up in the morning, making a coffee and brushing her teeth before work.
She then turns on her computer to start work and checks her email. The next clip shows her putting her hand over her mouth with the text reading: “Real time opening the email”.
Lucas then goes on a “mental health walk” with her husband and dog and ends the video writing “onward to better things”.
In the caption she wrote: “I debated if I should even post this, but if you got laid off too just know you’re not alone.”
In a follow-up video, Lucas said she was “really surprised” having worked at Amazon for eight years and being promoted twice last year.
“I know it’s not about my performance and who I am as an employee, but that doesn’t make it suck any less,” she said.
“Part of me is glad to be out glad to be out of this extremely toxic environment and the other part feels like failure and a disappointment and hates that I have to tell people that I got laid off from my job, but that is life and I am human and this does not make me any less amazing or valuable or smart.
“I know I’m gonna land on my feet, I know I’m gonna be fine. But this sucks. This is a top 10 bad feeling.”
People pointed out that the original video was actually “peak Wes Anderson” given The Grand Budapest director’s films often contain themes of grief.
“This is actually the correct Wes Anderson aesthetic (so sorry for the layoff!! right there with ya),” one person commented.
“This made it more Wes Anderson honestly lol!,” another user wrote.
Amazon began laying off employees in its cloud computing and human resources division on Wednesday. The cuts are part of previously announced job cuts that are expected to impact 9,000 employees.
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