19-year-old claims she was denied a job at a grocery store because of her joking outgoing VOICEMAIL message in which the manager insisted it was “inappropriate” (despite not containing rude language) ).
- Zanaya Jones, 19, applied for a job at the Harris Teeter grocery store in South Carolina, but was turned down by voice mail when she received a call from a manager.
- He chastised her for her outgoing message, saying she needed to “get a more appropriate response to your voicemail.”
- The man, who didn’t even identify himself in his message, told her “we don’t need to call back.”
- On TikTok, Jones shared her outgoing message, which was singsong but contained no profanity or content.
- Commentators say she dodged a bullet and the manager’s behavior is a red flag.
The 19-year-old says the manager turned her down for a job at the grocery store because her outgoing voicemail was “inappropriate,” but viewers see nothing wrong with that.
Zanaya Jones reached out to TIkTok to play back the outgoing message, which was recorded in a playful, sing-song voice.
“What happened, what happened, what happened,” she says. “This is your girlfriend Naya, and I’m back with another bank bully. Leave your number, yeah, and all that, yeah
But when the manager of the Harris Teeter grocery store in Summerville, South Carolina, called her about her job application, he was put off by the tone of her message and told her so.
Zanaya Jones, 19, applied for a job at the Harris Teeter grocery store in South Carolina, but was turned down by voice mail when she received a call from a manager.
The man, who didn’t even introduce himself, scolded her for the outgoing message, saying she needed to “get a more appropriate response to your voicemail.”
Jones reproduced the manager’s response on TikTok, where it has been viewed more than 22 million times.
The man immediately starts his voicemail in a lecture tone, without even introducing himself or identifying himself as a Harris Teeter employee.
“Yes Ms. Jones, I recommend if you’re applying for a job and expecting someone to call you to have a more appropriate answer on voicemail,” he scolds.
“So thanks for the application and no need to call us back at Harris Teeter. Thank you, bye,” he concludes.
Commentators were immediately horrified, telling Jones that this was a serious red flag.
Jones admitted that she would be better off without this particular job and “dodged a bullet”.
On TikTok, Jones shared her outgoing message, which was singsong but contained no profanity or content.
“It looks like it would be a hostile work environment anyway. He could just not leave messages, but he wanted to be petty, ”wrote one of them.
“The same guy probably can’t hire anyone right now and he doesn’t have enough staff,” said another, while a third repeated: “The same guy is talking about “labor shortage.”
“This is not normal,” wrote a third, while a fourth chimed in: “Companies like this think they own you.”
“Dodged a bullet because it’s a huge red flag that after hearing your message and deciding not to hire you, he still felt entitled to lecture you for your private message,” another said.
“Oh, sorry, you’re a real person with a personality, not a personalized company,” another quipped sarcastically.
Commentators were horrified, telling Jones it was a major red flag. They were even more confused when they heard the outgoing insulting voicemail.
Commenters were even more confused when they heard the offensive outgoing voicemail.
“Maaan, I thought you were swearing or something, the way he behaves. It’s amazing,” one wrote.
“It was not vulgar. It was unprofessional but not bad,” wrote another, with some saying that Jones’ outbound message would actually make them more likely to hire her.
Speaking to BuzzFeed, Jones agreed that she would be better off without this particular job.
“I think I dodged a bullet,” she said. “When I’m on the other side of town, I go into [the store] go shopping and the customer service is terrible.”