A gym worker thinks employers overlook this important security liability with emails and name tags.
TikToker @thatgirldray_ currently works at a gym, but she has run into the same issue before. Employers tend to require name tags and work emails with full names, which means customers have access to employees’ private information. When @thatgirldray_ had an uncomfortable encounter with a customer for the second time in her career, she spoke out about it on TikTok.
“This is why men scare me,” the video caption stated.
She said that she has an uncommon first name, so she’s easy to find on social media even without her last name. Her work email has her first and last name, and any customer she contacts can see it.
When she reached out to a new customer (using her work email) to complete his gym membership paperwork in person, he replied to her via Instagram, claiming it was “easier.”
She explained that the message alone freaked her out because the same thing happened to her at a previous job. A man identified her by her name tag at work, she called the police, and he had a list of priors.
This time around, she discovered that she and the gym customer had a mutual friend on Instagram. She contacted the mutual, who had a lot to say.
“Girl, run. This guy is crazy. He’s a stalker; he’s obsessive,” is what the mutual allegedly told her. Apparently, the gym customer had previously “stalked” the mutual’s brother’s girlfriend.
Many people in the comments section shared similar stories.
“I had a guy overhear my name on a train and found me on social media. The downsides to an uncommon name,” a user wrote.
“When I was waitressing, my bosses had to change my name on the receipts because it got bad,” another commented.
“I used to wear my first name at my cashier job and men would find me so easily it was soooo scary. I felt unsafe,” someone added.
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