Did FedEx Hearth a Driver for a Controversial TikTok? What We Know

Guys, be careful what you post on social media. While TikTok is a great platform for discovering new trends and sharing your opinion with others, it is also a very public platform that your employer can easily access. If you post controversial content or content related to your job, your employer has the power to fire you. Take it from this nurse who got fired for posting TikToks with racist and homophobic comments.

Now former FedEx employee Vincent Paterno is out of work after posting a video on TikTok about the houses he would and would not deliver packages to. Did the video result in him being fired? Here’s what we know

Vincent Paterno went viral on TikTok after posting a video about BLM, President Joe Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris.

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On September 16, then FedEx employee Vincent Paterno posted a video on his TikTok account @vincentmrworldwid declaring – while wearing his FedEx uniform – that he would not deliver packages to homes supporting Black Lives Matter showed movement, President Joe Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris.

“I’m not going to deliver your shit,” he announced. “I’ll bring this back to the train station and I’ll keep doing it. Have a nice day, “Vincent continued, recording what looked like … in a FedEx van.

In addition to being harsh and inappropriate, he also used an offensive term to refer to Vice President Harris.

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The video received more than 3,000 comments from users, most of whom criticized it for mixing his political views with professionalism. “You are about to lose your job,” wrote one person. “I have to love that childlike way of thinking,” added another.

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Vincent Paterno no longer works at FedEx – but is it the TikTok?

On September 24th, TooFab reported that Vincent no longer worked at FedEx. “We are appalled by the behavior depicted in this video, which does not reflect the views of FedEx,” said a spokesman for the outlet. “This person is no longer providing services on behalf of the company,” the statement continued.

However, on September 26, Vincent Paterno stepped onto the platform again. In this video, he talked about the news that he was fired from FedEx for sharing the video. He explained to users that he had stopped.

“I sent a few text messages to my boss in August that September 3rd would be my last day,” he said, showing a screenshot of an alleged conversation with his boss. In exchange, Vincent’s boss confirmed Vincent’s wish to leave on September 3rd.

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Vincent then shared another text message with his boss on September 13; However, he did not explain why he did not give up his position on September 3. In this exchange, he tells his boss that the week of the 13th will be his last week. He also shared some messages he had exchanged on his last day with a colleague whom he cited as September 16.

“I didn’t know that I could be fired if I stopped working there,” says Vincent in the video.

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Unfortunately for Vincent, users didn’t seem to believe his story. “How long do you need to rehearse it?” asked one user. “Who quits their job via text message?” another user asked. While it’s not entirely clear whether Vincent quit his job prior to the TikTok’s release or got fired because of the release, FedEx didn’t seem too happy with Vincent’s video. Bottom line: never bring politics into the workplace … or on TikTok.

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