A black trans worker recorded a client calling him a “monster” at work and shared the footage on TikTok to show the reality of what he’s going through.
The worker (@snowblackbunni) greets the customer and asks how he was doing. They also ask if the customer needs help finding anything, but the customer replies, “Not from you.”
“OK, well bye,” the worker replies, his tone changing from polite to dismissive. The customer appears to be saying something inaudible in the video, and the worker tells him to “keep walking.”
The video pans to show the elderly white customer, who appears to ignore the worker’s warning. At that moment, the voice of the worker rises. They say, “Keep on walking. I asked you if you needed help, didn’t I? And what was your response?
The client retorts, “You look like a monster, and I don’t do business with monsters.”
The worker again tells the man to keep walking, and he finally starts to walk away saying, “You don’t know if you’re a girl or a guy.
@snowblackbunni That’s what I experience at work. Do you believe me now? #transrights #transrightsarehumanrights #transrights🏳️⚧️ ♬ I FEEL P…….SSY – Kevin Jz Prodigy
At the end of the video, the text on the screen reads: “You all, my blood was boiling. On Monday, the video garnered around 263,000 views and over 3,300 comments.
Several viewers have expressed their condolences that the TikToker is being treated this way simply for who they are. Some praised the TikToker’s response to the client.
“I’m so sorry! You got this! Responded like a queen,” one viewer commented on the video.
“The way you were so nice to him and he treated you that way…I’m so sorry,” a second viewer commented. In response to the comment, the creator wrote, “I believe in karma. I have nothing but love in my heart and people being so mean to me is unbearable.
“My blood would boil too. You tried to be nice, he called you a name and suddenly THIS IS the victim????” a third commented.
Other viewers told TikToker they looked “beautiful” and said they would feel safe and valued approaching them in a store. Some encouraged the TikToker to stay strong and try to be safe in their work. It looks like the TikToker works at Lowe’s.
In a comment on the video, the TikToker wrote, “I fear for my life every day just because I want to feel loved and look pretty. You would think management would support me, but that’s not the case. .
The Daily Dot reached out to the creator via a TikTok comment as well as Lowe’s.
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*First published: July 26, 2022, 9:10 a.m. CDT
Cecilia Lenzen is a journalism student at the University of Texas at Arlington and a freelance reporter for the Daily Dot.