TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A former Dollar General employee in Tampa says she was fired for her TikTok videos.
Mary Gundel posted several videos about the challenges of her job before the company let her go. She knew she was taking a risk, but she also hoped something would change.
Now her videos are going viral, but that’s not all she wants
“Now it’s about holding Dollar General accountable,” Gundel said. “We want them to change.”
In March, the Dollar General store manager was frustrated and felt unappreciated. She said there weren’t enough hours for other employees, leaving her to work alone for hours, and she thinks the working conditions were unsafe.
She took to TikTok and started talking about the challenges. His videos have taken off, with one reaching a million views.
“At first it was just to make our everyday customers aware that, you know, our stores are a mess. Yes, our shelves are empty, yes, but that’s not always the fault of the store. ’employee,” Gundel said. “We’re only given a limited number of hours to be able to run our stores and there’s only one person physically able to do that.”
Gundel said since posting her videos, other Dollar General employees across the country have reached out and shared similar experiences.
Gundel believes she made the right decision, not just for herself, but for Dollar General employees everywhere.
“We want their employees to actually start earning a living, and we want their buildings to be safe for all employees,” Gundel said.
The full statement from Dollar General is below:
At Dollar General, we are committed to providing an environment where employees can grow their careers and where they feel valued and heard. We are disappointed whenever an employee feels we have not achieved these goals, and we use these situations as additional opportunities to listen and learn.
Maintaining open, two-way lines of communication with our employees is a priority. We offer many ways for our teams to make their voices heard, including our open door policy and our routine engagement surveys. We use this feedback to help us identify and resolve issues, improve our workplace, and better serve our employees, customers, and communities. Additionally, we are continually reviewing store staffing needs to better serve local communities.
While we do not comment on employee-specific issues, we do not agree with any assertion that Ms. Gundel’s dismissal was unfair. As discussed with Ms. Gundel prior to her termination, her conduct violated the company’s policy against disclosing confidential or proprietary information.