A Reddit post has gone viral after a worker claimed their manager “shouted” at them during a Zoom meeting because their partner gave them a blanket when they were “feeling cold.” The post has gotten a lot of attention online with 11,600 upvotes so far.

Redditor u/G6172819373 shared the post to the subreddit r/antiwork on January 12 titled, “My manager shouted at me during Zoom meeting because my partner gave me a blanket ’cause I was feeling cold.” The post started with the Redditor explaining that they’ve been having symptoms after their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. In a comment, they revealed they were in “marketing/advertising” as well.

The Redditor continued: “I was visibly shaking during the meeting, and my partner signaled behind the camera if I needed a blanket. She gave me a blanket, and my manager shouted that we were in the middle of [a] discussion. I couldn’t hold back my tears after that, and I started crying during the meeting.”

The original poster (OP) revealed they answered questions, but they were having “trouble breathing and couldn’t speak well,” which “visibly frustrated” their manager.

The user doesn’t think they will be going back to work now. They work part-time for their employer, and “all the time they expect me to be responsive all day on their working hours.” They added: “Now, I think I won’t be responding forever.”

“I never felt humiliated in a work environment before,” they explained. “I was never shouted at even by my family or partner. And for my manager to do that was just humiliating asf.”

Person in web conference call
A worker says their manager “shouted” at them during a Zoom call after they were given a blanket. Here, an employee in a web conference call with co-workers.

According to Statista, in June 2021, 2.1 billion people visited Zoom’s website, which is down from May 2021 where 2.4 billion people visited. The website also reports Zoom brought in $882 million in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2021.

The viral post has sparked a debate online among Redditors, some of which are giving the OP advice while others recount their own stories. Many people are backing the poster in the situation.

One user told the OP to “send a same-day quit notice, and let them know when you expect your final paycheck.” They also added, “Don’t just ghost, they may take that as the right to keep your money.” The OP replied they’d “send one right away.”

However, another user asked why the OP doesn’t work in a “10% capacity” while looking for another job, forcing their job to fire them. “Same day quitting brings no benefit to OP,” they pointed out.

Some Redditors had sympathy for the OP and their situation. “Wow. Just wow,” a user said. “Never look back, that place sounds just fing awful.” The OP replied, “Dude, I’m still crying. Not just ’cause I’m sick. I feel humiliated as hell. I feel traumatized.”

Another Redditor thinks the OP shouldn’t go back to work for that employer if they can “afford not to,” adding, “That was disgusting by your employer, and the fact nobody else stuck up for you in the Zoom shows what a toxic environment you work in.”

While one user simply told the poster to “leave that hellhole,” referring to the job. “You are a person,” they said. “Your life has value. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health.”

One Redditor doesn’t think the OP should stop by just leaving the job. “Fk that manager,” they said. “Not only should you not come back, you should make HR aware of the whole incident on your way out.”

Another person advised filling everyone in about what happened as well. “Send an email to everyone in the company informing them of what happened as part of your resignation (if you can afford it),” they suggested.

“Taking this abuse for part-time?” another user asked. “Just block their number and stop responding to any contact. They’ll get the idea.”

Newsweek has reached out to u/G6172819373 for comment.


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