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A woman has been sacked from her job as a customer assistant at her local Co-op after she posted a series of videos on TikTok in her uniform.
Lucy Skinner, who lives in Edge Hill near Liverpool, had worked at the Liverpool city centre store around a year and a half before she was sacked without notice last week, reports the Liverpool Echo.
The 24-year-old has said she is "shocked" and "angry" at the sudden dismissal over the videos, which she didn't anticipate.
The TikTok user's videos contained a number of work-related posts, with some filmed in the staff room and others in the delivery bays at the back of the store.
Lucy, who is originally from Cumbria, claims she didn't have a clue the videos would be a problem, as she'd seen endless other supermarket workers posting similar content across the social media platform.
In an interview with the Echo, she said: "The Co-operative dismissed me without notice during a pandemic for making TikTok videos.
"So in the month of January when everyone is skint and during the pandemic they decide to tell me and dismiss me straight away without a warning."
The former employee explained that she was wearing her uniform in the videos and some were filmed in the back of the store while she was on her break, however, she didn’t realise it was a problem.
She added: "The TikTok videos were of me wearing a uniform but nobody told me it wasn't allowed because I see it all the time on the platform, even NHS staff in their uniforms are making videos.
"And every retail company has people making videos with their uniform on."
Lucy had worked in the city centre store for a year and 10 months but claims management were monitoring her page since December 14.
The customer assistant says she was suspended a week before her dismissal but says she received the news that she was losing her job on Tuesday, January 19.
She said: "It’s effectively immediately dismissed without notice.
"I just feel more angry really because I had no idea that it was coming and it was such a shock for me, especially during the pandemic in the month when everyone is skint in January."
Lucy said she would understand if her videos were 'abusive' but she claims the worst thing she did was call customers "Karens" in a joking manner.
The internet term has been used to criticise women, usually older women, seen as being entitled or demanding in situations such as complaining in shops or expressing political opinions. Some people view the term, widely used on platforms including Twitter, as being sexist and ageist.
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She also posted a video suggesting managers argue with staff when they make mistakes but are more lenient when they make the same mistakes themselves.
However she has since deleted the video in question from her account because 'she can see were they were coming from with that one – but it was only a joke.'
She said: "The worst thing I did is call customers 'Karens' but it was a joke and I see it all the time on TikTok, other supermarket staff in Tesco or even NHS staff do it, so I thought I wasn’t doing anything wrong."
Some of her videos also contain songs which feature X-rated language.
Lucy claimed that a number of staff members, including management, knew about her page for some time before she was disciplined.
She said: "They knew I made the TikTok videos but they never warned me about it or gave me a chance to stop making them and delete them."
Posting to her TikTok followers, Lucy said that her main issue with the way she was let go was that she wasn’t given the chance to delete her videos or wasn’t warned of the consequences of posting to TikTok.
She said: "They knew I was making them, but nobody warned me or gave me a chance to delete my TikTok videos if they were that much of an issue.
"Nobody gave me a chance to stop making them because I thought I wasn’t doing anything wrong."
A spokesperson for Co-op told the ECHO : "We do not comment on individual cases but offensive, abusive or derogatory social media posts will not be tolerated and are subject to disciplinary measures."
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