A JoAnn Fabrics worker says he was fired from the Edina, Minn. location after telling customers to “get out” and that they would “go crazy” on them on the intercom after closing in a now-viral TikTok.
In the video posted by user Nickolas Cruiser (@nickolascruiser) on Nov. 22, he shows himself picking up the intercom in a JoAnn Fabrics uniform and jokingly asking “K-mart shoppers” to leave immediately.
“If you’re still in here, that means you’re trespassing which is a federal offense. And let me tell you, your mom is not gonna like it. So get out now,” he says into the intercom. “And if you don’t, I’m gonna come find you ’cause I’m the security in this place. And I go crazy on the people who aren’t allowed to be in here.”
The text overlay reads, “3 old ladies complained to my manager together, and I was told not to show up in the morning.”
In the caption, Cruiser jokingly pleads for his job back, writing, “I’m really sad you let me go. I’ll do a good job if you hire me again, please! I promise not to yell at your old lady customer base by telling them ‘I’m COMING TO GET THEM’ and other similarly concerning things :(((((.”
@nickolascruiser #JusticeForMicBoy I WAS FIRED FROM KMART (ok it was Jo-Ann Fabrics) Joann, pls hire me back. I worked at your Edina location off of York avenue. @kmart australia YOU HAVE TO TAKE ME BACK, I’m really sad you let me go. I’ll do a good job if you hire me again, please! I promise not to yell at your old lady customer base by telling them “I’m COMING TO GET THEM” and other similarly concerning things :(((((( #circumcised #elderlywomen #fired #Joann #doublechin #unshaven #spykids3 #spykids2 #spykids why did I use spy kids hashtags #fabrics #joannfabrics #fired #manager #karen #SANE ♬ original sound – NickolasCruiser
The video has amassed over one million views as of Nov. 23, with commenters complaining that older customers don’t understand Gen-Z humor.
“Older people say that millennials and genzs can’t take a joke but then will get someone fired over a joke lol,” one user wrote.
“I think it should be universally understood that after the listed closing time, normal customer service doesn’t apply anymore,” another said.
“As a Joann’s employee for over 5 years I’ll now think of this video every night closing hopefully my intrusive thoughts don’t win,” a third joked.
However, others pointed out the older demographic of shoppers that JoAnn Fabrics garners, suggesting that the joke may have alarmed them.
“Joannes is NOT the place to be doing that,” a commenter said.
“I’m not sure i believe you did this with people IN the store…and these days is this a joke? i mean crazy mofos around doin crazy shit so could be,” another wrote.
The Daily Dot reached out to Cruiser via TikTok comment and to JoAnn Fabrics via email.
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*First Published: Nov 23, 2022, 4:36 pm CST
Rebekah Harding is a freelance reporter for the Daily Dot. She has digital and print bylines in Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, SheKnows, and more.