Waitress fired for posting viral video of man dining with a doll

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - A North Carolina waitress has been fired for posting a now-viral TikTok video of a customer eating dinner with an inflatable doll.

Waiter Tara Bjork shared the video on May 27 from her job at the Restoration Hardware Rooftop Restaurant.

She said in the video: “Ok, I’m not supposed to be making TikToks at work, but this calls for it.

“I work at a nice restaurant in Charlotte, and I need you guys to see what just came in the door."

She then flipped the camera to zoom in on a male diner seated across the room with an inflatable female doll propped up on the seat across from him.

According to the server, the doll had yellow-blonde hair and appeared to be wearing a black sleeveless dress, and was even hand-fed grapes by her human date.

The footage soon racked up over a million views.

Bjork later posted a follow-up video saying that she was fired because of the video.

“[I] knew one of two things was going to happen, it would get no views and I would be fine or, it would blow up and I would be fired,” she explained to the Charlotte Observer.

Bjork added that she “was ready for new opportunities, so it wasn’t too much of a shock, thank goodness.”

"What I saw was him trying to ‘seat’ her, which was mortifying,” she added in a conversation with the radio station 96.1.

At one point, the diner was feeding his “date” grapes, Bjork claimed.

The man in the video has now responded with a video of his own, which included a series of photos of himself seated across from the doll.

“Tough date,” he wrote underneath the post.

He explained that the strange date was payback for losing a Fantasy Football bet.

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