4 Fresno Airport employees fired for making viral video at work – Business Insider
  • Four friends and coworkers at Fresno Yosemite International Airport decided to make a TikTok together at the end of their shift, inspired by similar goofy videos that have gone viral from police officers and nurses.
  • The resulting TikTok of them doing popular dance trends and using airport equipment as props racked up hundreds of thousands of views – but then the four ramp service agents got fired.
  • The airport then released a statement calling the video “inappropriate behavior in the work environment,” but plenty of viewers don’t think the men deserved to get fired.
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One night after their shift at Fresno Yosemite International Airport, four ramp service agents decided to make a TikTok. They’d been inspired by similar posts from other airport staffers, as well as viral TikTok hits created by police officers, nurses, and other emergency personnel. 

Better yet, they thought they could make their video go even more viral than some of the others they’d seen, Tommy Chan told the Fresno Bee. So Chan and three of his friends who worked with him waited until the end of their shift, when all their work was completed, and filmed themselves dancing and using airport equipment as props.

The video is still up on TikTok, where it’s been viewed more than 370,000 times and has more than 50,000 likes. The audio was copyright claimed (and thus removed), but versions that gained traction on Twitter show the four men acting out lyrics from the song “Magnolia” by Playboi Carti. It was all goofy fun until the four of them got fired. 

—The Fresno Tea ☕️ (@TheFresnoTea) February 6, 2020

In the TikTok, the men use a traffic cone as a megaphone prop, hop out of a luggage cart and do the “milly rock” dance, mime using a mop as a gun while onboard a Flight Services & Systems vehicle and dance in front of the “Welcome to Fresno” sign inside the airport, all while wearing their security vests.

Flight Services & Systems is the airport personnel company that hired Chan, TikTok poster Dannon Kredo, and their two coworkers. The Fresno Bee reports the video came to the company’s attention, and Chan says officials told the group they used company equipment inappropriately while still on the clock.

The group doesn’t think the TikTok warranted them getting fired, and neither do the people who enjoyed watching it

The comments on the TikTok video are overwhelmingly positive, and once the decision to fire the group of ramp service agents reached local news outlets, viewers complained that it shouldn’t have been a fireable offense.

Chan also thought the decision was hypocritical, he told the Fresno Bee, because the head of airport social media told them “Nice video.” A spokesperson for the airport denied that interaction took place. 

In a statement released to media outlets, the airport described the video as “innapropriate behavior,” writing that the group “displays poor judgment and does not reflect the conduct expected of individuals working at FAT.”

The comments on the video suggest that viewers were more than happy to see their local airport represented on TikTok, with replies like “We been needed a Fresno tik tok,” “If this is why flights are always delayed then I’m fine with it,” and “I’ve never been more proud to be from Fresno.”

—COOKIE (@doughboicooks) February 6, 2020

Some people joked about the TikTok being the reason why baggage and flights are always delayed, but those who found out the men had been fired seemed to disapprove. 

“Can’t believe they fired you all. I saw it on the news,” reads one comment. “What about cops who post?”

Replies to the version of the video shared on Twitter also express disappointment with the decision to fire the group, with comments like “Having fun at work. A little heavy handed to fire them. Wow, poor decision management.”

It’s not all bad news for the group – Kredo posted on his Instagram account that they’re doing a “sponsorship” with a local spa center, which recruited the four men to make a video advertisement for it. 

Insider reached out for comment from the four men, Fresno Yosemite International Airport, and Flight Services & Systems, but didn’t immediately hear back. 

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