A Filipino woman was the target of a cruel prank by a Youtube personality that made her cry. On April, 23, YouTuber Lauren Love uploaded a video titled, “CEO Firing People Prank.” In the now deleted video, Lauren goes around a Walmart in Richmond, Texas, pretending to be a manager so that she can fire employees, according to Click 2 Houston. “So, I’m going to be going to Walmart employees and basically observing them and then I’m going to be like, ‘You’re fired, let me see your badge,'” Lauren said. She goes up to several employees and “fires” them, but her last victim ended up breaking into tears because of the prank.
Maria Leones moved from the Philippines to the United States to be closer to her children. She has been working at Walmart for the last six years as a cashier. In the video, Lauren questions Leones on why she’s at a certain section of the store when she’s a cashier. Leones explains why, but Lauren asks for her badge. “Actually, I’m going to need to see your badge,” Lauren says. “I’m going to need to see your badge and your vest because you’re fired.”
Leones seems stunned as Lauren continues with the pretend firing. “I don’t appreciate the way you’re working…” Lauren says. “And then when your shift is over you can get your discharge papers.”
Leones starts to break down and cry and that’s when Lauren tells her it’s a prank. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to make you cry, you’re not fired,” Lauren says, as the two women hug.
Leones began to cry because she thought about her husband Eduardo of 43 years. He recently had a heart attack and surgery and her job helped cover his medical expenses. She didn’t know what she would have done without her insurance.
“At that moment, I thought about my husband, my husband..” she told Click 2 Houston, as she recalled the traumatic prank. “I felt so little.”
Walmart replied to the incident by sending ABC 13 a statement on the matter. “This prank is offensive and the people responsible are no longer welcome in our stores. We’ve taken actions on behalf of our associates, including asking YouTube to remove the video and calling their attention to the bullying nature of this hoax.”
Youtube said that it won’t remove the video because it doesn’t cause serious emotional distress in minors and that it doesn’t lead to physical danger.