A GAMESTOP employee was reportedly fired after falling victim to a prank recorded on a TikTok filmed in the store.
Over the years, the retail chain has been the target of several jokes on the platform, with pranksters visiting their local stores to troll workers.
A popular prank involves TikTokers attempting to trade in a fake video with a humorous title or odd box art to elicit the employee’s reaction.
Most videos end with the GameStop employee not liking the joke, and some even calling the police.
A recent video showed Seth Meiring, who has nearly 800,000 followers on the platform, posting a TikTok attempting to trade-in a fake video game called Cousin: Kisser The Game for the Xbox One.
The “game” box featured the GameStop contributor — a TikTok creator named Dawesome — as well as a picture of Lucy Hale’s character from Pretty Little Liars.
While most of the staff acted annoyed in those videos, Dawesome joined in the joke, saying, “That’s actually my cousin, I don’t know how you got that.”
It doesn’t appear that Dawesome planned the joke with Meiring, he just went along with it and found it funny.
At some point in the video, a GameStop customer realizes what’s happening and blocks the camera to stop Meiring from “filming employees without their consent.”
Meiring joked that the customer “definitely was a cousin who kissed him” before exchanging a word with the other person.
Meiring eventually left the fake game with Dawesome and left the store.
At the time of writing, the video has garnered more than 3.1 million views and 515,000 likes.
While there are several of these videos on the platform, it was this video in particular that led to Dawesome being fired from his job.
He stitched together Meiring’s original video to confirm he was fired from his job after the client reported him to Corporate and said he did nothing to stop the recording.
“It sucks, but what can you do,” Dawesome said.
“If you thought I would just let my husband do this and not get involved, think again,” he said.
“Because I definitely have to take some responsibility for it.”
A GoFundMe was created to support Dawesome. Meiring said he will also donate some money.
“A few weeks ago I was shooting a YouTube video at several different GameStop stores and one of their employees got fired because of it,” the description reads the fundraiser.
“He was by far the coolest and nicest GameStop employee I’ve ever met and he definitely didn’t deserve to be fired. I’m trying to raise some money to help him!”
At the time of writing, GoFundMe has raised $764 from a $1,000 goal.
The US Sun has reached out to Meiring, Dawesome and GameStop for comment.