A service station attendant has tearfully detailed multiple instances of sexual harassment she experienced during one shift.
The young women took to social media to share her fear and frustration after being subjected to the constant inappropriate and unwanted behaviour.
Service station attendant details sexual harassment
Tik-Tocker Kai posted the video last weekend, saying she is regularly cat-called and flirted with on a regular basis.
However, she said her Saturday shift was different, and by the end of the day, she’d had enough.
She said the harassment began with middle-aged men “repeatedly complimenting me in very weird ways” during transactions.
Another man told her he would “come back later” when Kai refused his help taking out rubbish bins.
“In the thirty minutes span that it takes me to empty all nine trash cans, three motherfuckers drove by and whistled at me and catcalled me,” Kai says in the video.
She then says that “five different men” asked for her number during the shift, calling her “hot”.
As she was clocking out, Kai says that a man was standing behind her making a “very disgusting face.”
“I give him a weird look and he goes, ‘You need to lighten up pretty girl,’” Kai explains.
“I should have said, ‘Shut the fuck up,’ but I just kept walking.”
Kai adds that as she was walking to her car after her shift, a truck full of men “drove next to [her] slowly” and whistled and “yelled obscene shit” at her.
“I hate being a fucking girl, bro,” Kai says at the end of the clip.
2.5 million views
After five day, 2.5 million people had watched the video, with many sharing their own experiences of sexual harassment.
“I work customer service at a grocery store, people were absolutely ridiculous today. I’m so sorry,” one user wrote.
“I almost got kidnapped at my job. I work at little Caesars and he about pulled me through his car window,” another shared.
“Why do men think this is okay. I’ve been followed home from work before. We aren’t allowed to live our lives without being constantly on high alert,” a third added.
Kai subsequently posted a second video responding to a comment suggesting she apply for a different job.
Kai explains that the gas station she works at is “a joint grocery store and gas station”.
She doesn’t have a choice because of understaffing and also says she is one of the only employees trained to work the gas station.
“If I want hours, it has to be out here. If I want money and I want my job, it’s what I got to do,” Kai says in the clip.
“I make good money. I make pretty decent money where I work and I’m not going to just go and be able to find a different job that pays me the same or more as they do right now. So, I can’t take a pay cut.”
Sexual harassment common in customer service
Sexual harassment is common in customer service, according to employment lawyer Stephen Dryley-Collins.
“People think they can say and do what they like, particularly when they’re dealing with someone young and attractive,” he said.
“But there is no excuse for behaviour that makes another person feel uncomfortable, especially if it’s reducing them to tears.
“This young woman should be able to go to work and not be subjected to such inappropriate and appalling conduct.”
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Mr Dryley-Collins said sexual harassment can have a devastating effect on victims and can lead to serious health conditions.
For example, anxiety, depression and also post-traumatic stress disorder.
“We’ve seen this in our jurisdiction where people haven’t been able to return to work at all, they’ve had to change industries, it’s had significant impacts on their personal relationships, their ability to engage with friends and also family and during social outings,” he said.
“Everyone should watch this young woman’s video clip so they can understand the damage sexual harassment can do to a person.”
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