Twitter activist Tariq Nasheed (pictured right) shared a video of a Holiday Inn worker having a meltdown after a Black hotel guest harassed him about a reservation error.
Tariq described the Holiday Inn employee as "racist" because he began punching himself and hit his head on a computer monitor.
The employee removed himself from an obviously stressful situation by walking away. "You destroyed my life!" he told the customer before leaving.
The angry guest appeared to calm down and seemed to understand that the employee was emotionally overwhelmed. But he posted the video online anyway and it went viral, garnering millions of views.
A white Holiday Inn Express worker has a nervous breakdown after he got scolded by a Black customer because of a mistake in the reservation system. pic.twitter.com/KUEyqUSgsM
— Tariq Nasheed ?? (@tariqnasheed) April 25, 2021
There was nothing racist about the exchange. In fact, the customer seems to be harassing the employee over a simple mistake.
A Reddit user who claimed to be the employee explained that he had too much to drink after going viral because his meltdown, caused by his schizo-affective disorder, was "documented by a rude customer at an establishment which I was employed."
The employee said he was driving drunk and he wondered "Why is this happening to me? Why can't people have basic human kindness and compassion for someone obviously not sound?"
The Holiday Inn employee video I posted that went viral, has a lot of white supremacists using the man's disorder as a way to project their anti-Black racism.
He admitted he had a disorder. But he also admitted he was drunk on the job. So did that contribute to his breakdown? pic.twitter.com/mJrhiDWI3b
— Tariq Nasheed ?? (@tariqnasheed) April 26, 2021
Many of Tariq's followers assumed the employee was drunk at work when the incident occurred. However, the employee said he was drunk after the video went viral.
One of Tariq's followers threatened to come and see him when he travels to the United States.
Corporations such as Holiday Inn who hire people with mental illness should be commended. But such employees should be protected from rude customers.
Someone in management should have heard the commotion and approached the customer to offer their assistance. Another option is to avoid placing mentally ill people in vulnerable positions such as a front desk.
Question: Do you think companies ban recording videos of employees on the job site? Is recording video on private property a violation of employee rights?
Shame on whoever filmed this and posted it. Obviously the young man behind the counter is disabled. Why keep filming? Why not try to calm him down or try to get a supervisor?
— suecro (@suecro2) April 26, 2021
I have twins who were born premature and have been diagnosed with Tourettes, executive function disorder and time delay issues. They act exactly like this when they think they have made a mistake. This poor guy probably had undiagnosed issues exacerbated by an uncharitable person
— TheMadMaple (@TheMadMaple1) April 26, 2021
I'm fairly certain this guy has some autism so yeah....
— #LetThemEatCake (@toaworldofdw) April 26, 2021
The person that caused this man to have a nervous breakdown should should be ashamed of his self. It’s absolutely disappointing seeing that someone would do this to another human being
— Tazmon superstraight (@Tazmon82) April 26, 2021
That poor kid. Why did the customer "scold" him? Doesn't seem like it was his fault. I wonder what the rest of conversation was like - before the video clip starts - to inspire such an extreme reaction. How is the skin color of either person even remotely relevant here?
— ScissorsWithTheRuns (@8XWithTheRuns) April 26, 2021