WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- YouTube sensation Lauren Love faces backlash after posting a “prank” video where she made a Walmart employee cry by impersonating a Walmart manager and telling her that she was fired.
- Love has several YouTube channels with her partner, Joel Ashley. The couple’s primary account, “Joel and Lauren Tv” boasts 1.3 million subscribers.
- The employee who was “fired” began crying because, according to an interview by a local ABC station, she became distressed given that she’s the only one providing income in her household.
YouTube pranksters Lauren Love and Joel Ashley have deleted a video they uploaded on YouTube after facing days of backlash on social media. The video shows Love impersonating a Waltermart high-level manager and pretending to fire several unsuspecting employees in a Texas store.
The couple has “Joel and Lauren TV” channel, which boasts of over 1.3 million subscribers. Love posed as a high-level manager, holding a clipboard and confronting workers at a Walmart store in Richmond.
“I’m going to need your badge and your jacket from you. You’re fired,” Love told one employee.
The hidden cameras show employees being shocked and upset after hearing the news. Love “fired” a long-time employee who started crying during the exchange.
The female employee was interviewed by a local ABC station, telling them that she became distressed because she’s the only one providing income in her household.
Twitter users criticized Love and Asley and called for YouTube to ban the couple. The Google-owned platform did not remove the offensive video because it didn’t violate its terms of service, but the video was taken down last week with no word from the couple.
Walmart, on the other hand, called the prank “offensive” and banned the couple from all of its stores.
The Youtubers have not publicly commented on the controversy.
The pair’s main YouTube channel features dozens of videos about their personal lives, challenges and hidden-camera pranks, some of which target each other.
“I don’t think it’s good to play on someone else’s emotions,” Maria Leones told the station.
Source: New York Daily News