Teenage McDonald’s worker is summoned to an emergency meeting by his bosses after TikTok skit where he pretended to quit over a pile of dirty dishes – as ‘boomer’ trolls bombard him with vile messages
- Fionn McCallum, 18, uploaded footage of the dramatic walk-out to Tik Tok
- Was abused online when the video went viral, but explained it was all a big joke
- Told the ‘boomers’ who abused him online to ‘grow up’ and ‘get over themselves’
- His managers organised an emergency meeting with him on Thursday afternoon
Pictured: Fionn McCallum, 18, pretended to quit McDonald’s after filming a large pile of greasy dishes – and has since had an emergency meeting with his bosses
A teenage McDonald’s worker faces the sack after he pretended to quit his job in the middle of a shift – as he hits back at ‘boomers’ who slammed him as a ‘lazy millennial’.
Fionn McCallum, from Havelock, New Zealand, uploaded footage of a dramatic mock walk-out to Tik Tok on Wednesday in a video that’s been watch five million times.
In the clip, the 18-year-old filmed a large pile of greasy dishes, and could be heard saying: ‘Hell no, I am not cleaning that, I ain’t cleaning that.
‘Actually, I quit,’ he yelled, before storming out of the store.
Mr McCallum told Daily Mail Australia he has been abused online since the footage went viral, even though he tried to explain it was a joke that was blown out of proportion.
In reality, he did wash the dishes – he just didn’t want to. But that was lost on ‘boomer’ trolls, he claimed.
‘I’ve been called a horrible person, told that my generation sucks and that I’m the reason young people are so lazy,’ he said.
Mr McCallum was told to take his own life, and slammed by a workplace coach who spoke out against the growing trend of unprofessional young workers using social media to air grievances at work.
His managers also called an emergency meeting to address the video, throwing into doubt Mr McCallum’s future at the fast food restaurant.
‘It was a skit, but a lot of people have taken it to heart,’ he said.
Mr McCallum, 18, (pictured at McDonald’s) has been working at the fast-food chain for about seven months
Now the teenager has told his older critics to ‘grow up’ and slammed them for being unable to see the humour in the situation.
‘To all the boomers who don’t understand it’s a joke, they need to get over themselves,’ he said.
‘It was clearly a joke.’
His TikTok video was flooded with nasty comments from those who believed that Mr McCallum had actually walked out in the middle of his shift.
‘Bro afraid of a little work,’ one person wrote.
Another added: ‘Mcdonald’s was my first job, that’s a regular amount of dishes, pick up your socks boy.’
‘Not even that bad it’s like 20 mins of work,’ a third wrote.
Mr McCallum shared a screenshot of the messages he had been personally sent with one telling him to ‘kys’ – an abbreviation for ‘kill yourself’.
‘You couldn’t handle a Mcdonald’s job. Maybe kys,’ it read.
Mr McCallum’s managers called an emergency meeting with him on Thursday afternoon.
Mr McCallum shared a screenshot of the messages he had been personally sent with one telling him to ‘kys’ – an abbreviation for ‘kill yourself’
His TikTok video was flooded with nasty comments from cruel trolls who believed that Mr McCallum had actually walked out in the middle of his shift
‘Basically I might still get fired. They just don’t know yet.
‘I’m looking for a new job.
‘And they haven’t told when I’m allowed to come back,’ he said.
The fast-food chain is his only source of income, but the teen said he wouldn’t really mind if he was fired.
‘I honestly don’t think I’d be too cut, but I do kind of need a job to pay rent, but it’s alright,’ he said.
‘I have been looking for a new job for a while anyway.’
When asked how he feels about the prospect of having no income for the forseeable future, Mr McCallum said he’s unfazed.
‘Well it is McDonald’s,’ he said.
‘Doesn’t matter to them. All they cared about was the reputation of the store.
‘I would like to make money, but (there’s) more motivation to leave now.’
Exasperated staff begged Mr McCallum to stay after he his job in the middle of a shift because he didn’t want to wash up
A sink piled with dirty grills and fryers (pictured) prompted the shock resignation
Workplace coach Victoria Mills slammed young workers as ‘entitled’ for using social media as a platform to air their grievances about the workplace
Meanwhile, workplace coach Victoria Mills slammed young workers as ‘entitled’ for using social media as a platform to publicise their issues in the workplace.
‘Social media needs to be used for its right purposes,’ she said.
‘Do I believe you should use it as a forum to air grievances? No. You need to be professional and approach your manager for a conversation.’
Ms Mills said a lot of young workers did not seem to have the ability to ‘self-modulate’ and determine what was appropriate or inappropriate to share on social media.
‘No matter what age you are, there are more better channels to share your concerns,’ she said.
‘Your audience in social media can make zero impact. They may rally behind your cause, but at the end of the day they have no power over your future role.’
BOOMERS HIT BACK AT ‘LAZY’ YOUNG AUSSIE WORKERS: ‘WE HAVE REARED A GENERATION OF SELFISH WIMPS’
A generational feud has erupted on social media after a business guru said ‘old-style boomer managers’ are causing younger staff to leave their jobs.
Corporate coach Kathy McKenzie told Daily Mail Australia the No. 1 thing young workers despise is unnecessarily being told what to do by their older bosses.
She added that the issue is even more magnified when baby boomers share obvious directions with younger staff – particularly women.
Janet says we have a generation of ‘selfish wimps’ in the workforce nowadays
Robert said getting direction from older bosses is a normal part of any job
But boomers have hit back at ‘lazy’ millennials, gen Y and Z, complaining about their working conditions, claiming their generations are just ‘weak babies’ who have no clue about the real world and often produce ‘substandard’ work.
The social media furore comes as droves of disaffected staff are leaving en masse and triggering staff shortages across some of Australia’s most crucial industries including the healthcare sector – with thousands of nurses fleeing on the heels of the pandemic.
The rest of the globe has seen a similar jobs crisis unfold post-Covid, with the phenomenon dubbed the great ‘Great Resignation’.
‘Youngsters are leaving the workplace because they’d rather sit home on Centrelink payments than doing an actual job,’ Dianne, 66, commented as furious discussion broke out over the issue online.
Christine says younger generations think they ‘pick and choose’ what they want to do on the job
‘I’ve worked with young managers and ones who are well over retirement age. Being a f***wit is actually a defect which is found across the age spectrum.
‘If your boss is lacking in this quality, you’ll be miserable at work regardless of his/ her age bracket.
‘Blaming an entire generation for your woes is easier than taking responsibility for poor choices. It’s also spineless and lacking in substance.’
Another said: ‘So are these whiny, weak babies that quit their jobs moving back in with mummy and daddy? How are they supporting themselves?’
A third wrote: ‘One day this generation will be in charge. We’re all doomed.’
Robert said getting direction from bosses is a normal part of any job.
‘How dare the baby boomer bosses dictate to the workers re how to do their job?’ he posted sarcastically.
Others commented that the complaints of ‘me, myself & I’ generations are ‘a bit rich’ coming from a group of people who go out of their way to be offended and then post ‘themselves crying on social media’ about it.
‘Millennials are selfish, self centred, don’t understand teamwork or responsibility to coworkers or company,’ one person said. ‘The trouble is that they are also so arrogant and entitled that they won’t recognise or admit to any of these traits.’
Another wrote: ‘Most youngsters wouldn’t actually know what hard work/pressure is.’
‘We have reared a generation of selfish wimps,’ Janet said.
A massive cultural divide is creating instability and high-turnover in various sectors throughout Australia.
Ms McKenzie, who founded the business coaching start-up Fire Up, says younger workers don’t have to put up with their bosses ‘making demands’ anymore and are looking to work for employers that know how to foster their talents.
‘In the 80s and 90s, if someone was telling you something that you already knew, you just sucked it up. Now that just doesn’t fly anymore. Especially for younger women,’ she said.
‘When someone starts mansplaining, they know they don’t actually have to put up with that like they did 10 or 15 years ago.
‘Millennials and the new workforce now also really understand what coaching and mentorship is. So if their boomer bosses don’t have that skill they just find it really frustrating and will likely leave.’
But older generations disagree and say maybe if the ‘generation of know-it-alls’ actually listened to their boomer bosses they might be happier about your job.
‘That’s what is wrong with the younger generations. They pick and choose what they want to do,’ Christine wrote.
‘But all those other meaningless tasks also need to be done – that’s why they were hired and are being paid.’
Another person had a more philosophical view of the intergenerational conflict.
‘Since time began the young generation puts the generation ahead down, until the young end up the the next mob of fools… Life goes fast,’ the person wrote.