How exactly did one man manage to get fired after adding an anonymous user on Xbox as a friend? That person was his boss!
On April 30, TikTok user @Placementco, real name Brandon, who works for a career coaching company, posted a storytime about an odd situation that one of his clients seemingly experienced. He captioned it, “Bruh… today is the day I stop accepting friend requests…”
He told the camera, “Yeah, so I got fired from my job today. Don’t add random people on Xbox because apparently, bosses do that now. And I’m work from home; I play Xbox, if you know what I mean.”
In the background of the video, an email is shown allegedly from the boss labeled “URGENT.”
The email read in part, “Hoping to catch you before you left but our lawyers were unavailable for guidance before 4 PM today. Upon advice of counsel, you are hereby terminated from [blurred out company name].”
The email also noted to “keep in mind” that he signed a confidentiality agreement in the job manual.
“I am truly sorry it ended this way; I could not have given you more opportunity, kindness and flexibility,” the boss’ email concluded.
The comments were divided with some people believing that it is a complete marketing ploy while others noted that their past social media posts have shared stories from some of their users’ real-life job situations.
Whatever the case may be, it did pose an ethical question of whether a boss should anonymously add an employee on a social media or gaming network. Others suggested that if he completed his work on time, he could potentially sue for wrongful termination.