GoFundMe For Harassed Holiday Inn Employee Raises $100K
This article was updated for the following reason: Nasheed was found to have shared the video but didn’t film it.
After a video circulated of a Holiday Inn Employee having a mental breakdown, online support quickly garnered to help “Caleb” get back on his feet. Caleb was harassed by an aggressive guest who shared the receptionist for social media “clout.”
The Holiday Inn employee Caleb appeared to hit himself multiple times before bashing the computer screen in front of him as a guest angrily chastised the worker for “stealing” his money and changing his reservation.
The angry guest in question is unknown. But Tariq Nasheed, a self-identifying “race-baiter” shared the video.
“A white Holiday Inn Express worker has a nervous breakdown after he got scolded by a Black customer because of a mistake in the reservation system,” Tariq Nasheed tweeted Monday, prompting scorn from many who saw it as an unnecessarily divisive and race-focused framing of the video.
A white Holiday Inn Express worker has a nervous breakdown after he got scolded by a Black customer because of a mistake in the reservation system. pic.twitter.com/KUEyqUSgsM
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) April 25, 2021
Caleb responded by posting on Reddit that he suffers from mental illness, prompting GoFundMe support that has reached a minimum of $100k as of publishing this article. Caleb told his side of the story, and that Nasheed called him a gay slur before filming.
“I suffer from BPD and schizo-affective disorders. What this fine, 5’5″ bald gentleman behind the camera DIDN’T record was the fact that he called me a F**GOT for an associates mistake. He was aggressive, and fishing for a reaction. He sure got it; and I’m glad this was a wake up call for me to stop slaving away for corporations who do not care about you at all, or the guests,” Caleb wrote.
“A Holiday Inn employee was harassed and filmed by a customer having a mental breakdown & is now receiving death threats & having thoughts of self-harm,” the GoFundMe page states. “It turns out this employee has BPD with schizo-active tendencies. According to him. Let’s give him enough of a head start on finding a job where people don’t treat him terrible & he can take a nice little vacation.”
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