A Facebook video of a 17-year-old worker airing his grievances over a Grande Prairie Walmart intercom system and then quitting his job is attracting some online attention.
The “How I quit my job today” video posted to Jackson Racicot’s Facebook page at around 4 p.m. on Thursday shows him dialling into the intercom system at a Grande Prairie Walmart and addressing shoppers, associates and management in a speech that could rival Howard Beale’s famous “I’m as mad as hell” monologue from the movie Network.
“I got fed up,” Racicot said in a Friday interview, explaining he felt employees were not being treated well and others should know about it.
He said had been working in various Walmart departments for a little over a year and a half. “I don’t regret what I did, I went into this knowing what will happen,” he said.
Racicot told Postmedia that he had already secured a new job before his rant and he knew that was the way he was going to quit. He had pre-written some of what he said over the Walmart public address system.
Walmart responded in a statement Friday. “We are aware of the video circulating online and are disappointed by this incident. Respect for all individuals including our associates and customers is a core value at Walmart,” said the statement emailed to Postmedia. “We are looking into this matter and will address it internally as required.”
There was support for the way he quit his job posted in comments on Racicot’s Facebook video, but a few cautioned him about a potential backlash for his behaviour.
By noon on Friday, the video had more than 15,000 views, 250 reactions, 434 shares and 275 comments.
Editor’s note: The video contains some profanity