A TikToker Posted A Heartbreaking Video Of A Subway Worker Literally Falling Asleep Into The Sandwich She Was Making
Employees of the fast-food industry are often burdened by the weight of their career’s daily challenges. Underpaid and all too often overworked, fast food workers sadly often are forced to endure customers with poor attitudes and demeaning words. In fact, in 2014 a survey published by Business Insider revealed that 12% of fast-food workers claimed to have been assaulted on the job. In 2020, food industry workers are being forced to endure customer abuse at even higher rates.
A recently viral TikTok video highlighted once again the sad aspects of fast-food work after a Subway restaurant worker was filmed falling asleep while in the middle of making a sandwich.
A TikTok user filmed an employee nodding off into a sandwich while preparing the meal.
The alarming moment was allegedly captured at a Subway in Oregon. The video shows the Subway worker adding toppings to a sandwich. Her hand stops halfway through the process and then, very slowly, the worker slumps forward. While standing, the Subway worker could be seen slumping more and more towards the sandwich until finally, her face lands right into it. The 28-second video clip was uploaded to TikTok and has since been viewed over 12 million times.
The video, which was posted on November 16, had the caption: “This lady fell asleep on my sandwich.”
The initial “funny” value of the post wore off quickly as users were quick to identify how heartbreaking it all was in actuality.
“This is actually really sad. I can’t imagine how underslept she is. Not to mention the wage people get paid at Subway… She deserves better,” one TikTok user by the name of Monique Emilia commented. The skincare influencer Hyram also commented writing “Poor thing… Can’t imagine how underslept she is, we’re too hard on service workers.”
Many users were quick to speculate whether the woman suffers from the chronic sleep disorder narcolepsy or even diabetes. Meanwhile, the original poster of the video claimed that the woman might have been affected by drugs. “Can y’all [please] stop with the negative comments the lady woke up after [the] video ended she is fine she [just[ needs to not do drugs before work,” they later commented. This allegation has not been confirmed however.
“I just hope she gets help! She really doesn’t need you filming her at her lowest. Maybe ask if she’s alright instead,” another user by the name of Pat Drake commented.
Subway is one of the country’s biggest fast-food chains.
As of 2019, the restaurant has over 23,000 locations across the United States. In 2019, Business Insider reported “that Subway is the biggest fast-food chain in America. The sandwich shops across the country account for 18.5% of all US fast-food chains. Subway is followed by McDonald’s and Burger King, which account for 11.3% and 5.7% respectively.” As of 2019, Subway employees earn between $8 and $9 per hour.