Man Hangs Up on Manager Who Asked Him to Work on Day Off in Video Viewed Over 2M Times

As shown in a now-viral TikTok post, one man's firm response to a request to work at the last minute has sparked widespread support on social media.

The clip centers on a phone call between a man identified as Drake (@thelovieshow) and his employer. According to his boss, their workplace was suffering from COVID-19-related shortages—and, as a result, she wanted to know if Drake could pick up a shift on his day off.

The video shows Drake's reaction to the request, as documented in a speaker-phone conversation.

"Yeah, unfortunately we had some team members call out sick today due to COVID," says the boss.

"Dang, you don't have anybody else?" asks Drake.

"No, we actually don't," she replies. "And I know you're not on the schedule, but we were actually wondering if you could come in anyway."

Drake appears to ponder the question while his boss continues.

"We're a little short staffed so we could really use your—" she says before Drake interrupts her mid-sentence.

"Yeah, no," he says. "Yeah, have a good night. Sorry."

Drake hangs up the call, cutting off the boss who pleads: "No, wait."

Once the call is completed, he turns to his significant other, identified as Marie, who had been filming the incident. He cheerfully asks her: "So, do you want to go to Target?"

"Hell yeah!" she replies.

The video has amassed 2.9 million views, 305,000 likes, and 3,500 comments. It has also drawn widespread support from viewers, many of whom have encountered similar situations in their own lives.

"Managers really have the nerve to guilt trip you into going to work when you're not supposed to be there," wrote @kylieporter89. "Like no."

"I don't answer my phone on my days off," said @takuralion. "Sorry not sorry."

Some, however, argued that it's reasonable for a manager to ask employees to cover shifts at the last minute—as long as they respect a worker's right to say no.

"As a manager, you can ask people to come in but they are NOT obligated to," offered @absolutechaos3.

"Y'all are harsh," said @aerialrose. "It's not wrong of a manager to try to get a shift covered and some people want the hours."

Far from unique, the situation faced by the TikToker is one immediately recognizable to many Americans. According to a study by the Economic Policy Institute in 2015, about 17 percent of the U.S. workforce deals with "unstable work shift schedules."

"This variability of work hours contributes to income instability and thus, adversely affects not only household consumption but general macroeconomic performance," per the institute's report at the time.

Newsweek has reached out to @thelovieshow for additional information but did not receive a response in time for publication.

On TikTok, a man went viral after revealing his firm response to a boss who asked him to work on his day off. Drazen Zigic/iStock / Getty Images Plus