The company pizza party is a universal symbol of corporate indifference towards employees. This seemingly kind act came to be derided as a substitute for legitimately listening to workers’ needs and rewarding them for their work.
A TikToker named Jeremy (@jerms.24) He criticizes the practice of pizza parties in the video, mockingly accepting the practice as a beacon of light in his miserable life as a corporate worker bee. Many viewers took part in the gag themselves, expressing that they shared a similar disdain for the faux care that companies often show toward their employees.
Jeremy begins the video with a disappointed look on his face. An overlay with a voiceover and caption reads, “I was so depressed this quarter that I didn’t get a raise, but then I remembered the office pizza girlfriend party.”
Then he regained hope and smiled as he said this. “I could barely contain my excitement. This was the morale boost I needed. This was going to be the best unpaid 15-minute break ever, this is here, this is what it feels like to be cared for. It feels like it.”
Jeremy echoed this sentiment earlier as he approached Blaze’s pizza box in the break room. When he opened it, he found several small pizzas and a message written in pen on the bottom of the box’s top lid. “only One slice! ! — Management,” followed by a heart emoji.
A flash of panic flashes in Jeremy’s eyes, but he tempers it with a forced understanding, determined to enjoy this gift from his company, no matter how boring it may be.
“No, no, this is okay, this is the American dream, this is what it’s all about, it’s all for the shareholders. Thank you,” Jeremy says with a resigned look of gratitude on his face as he holds up a small slice to the camera. Told.
Commenters were quick to buy into the joke. “Pizza party???” I didn’t approve of this as a shareholder,” one person wrote. In response, Jeremy jokingly apologized, saying, “I’m sorry!!!” Get back to work, Mr. Smith!! Now! ! ! you know what? Accept your kids’ college funds as an apology. ”
Another joked: “My initials are RO and I because all that matters to me is the return on investment for my shareholders.”
Another said Jeremy chose the wrong type of pizza for the party, writing: “Wish it was a flaming pizza but no, they’re getting a small Caesar.”
A similar story went viral earlier this week after an employee accused the employer of providing catering to Chick-fil-A after asking for a raise.
It’s not hard to understand why so many Americans feel disenfranchised by the current state of America’s workplaces. Inflation is currently rising rapidly In 2021, analysts Increased cost of living for Americans A change in US leadership.
unfortunately, Salaries don’t seem to be keeping up with inflationThis means people’s salaries aren’t growing as much as they should, all the while. US companies are posting record profits.
The pain of people not being paid the price they believe they deserve is only further demoralized when multiple large rewards are paid. US-based companies post record profits in 2022. This comes after tens of thousands of employees in the technology sector were laid off from companies including: Google, Meta, Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo, Cisco, etc..
The Daily Dot reached out to Jeremy for more information via a comment on TikTok.
*First published: November 11, 2023 at 12:25pm CST
Jack Alban is a freelance journalist for the Daily Dot, covering relationship trends and social media topics and how real people are reacting to them. He strives to create not-so-average viral posts by always incorporating evidence-based research, current events, and facts relevant to these stories.