Employee sacked for moving into work cubicle to get ‘free’ rent

Saturday - 19/03/2022 21:45
A man made a now-viral video of himself living in his work cubicle as a form of “protest” over pay – but then HR spotted the video.

This TikToker is literally living and breathing his work.

Chibuzor Ejimofor, who uses the name Simon Jackson professionally, made a now-viral video of himself living in his work cubicle, claiming it was a form of “protest” since he wasn’t paid “enough.”

The TikTok has amassed more than 12 million views since it was shared earlier this month, but in a follow-up video, Jackson, from the US, revealed he was allegedly fired from his job at the design and engineering consultancy firm Arcadis, the NY Post reports. 
 

Simon Jackson’s apartment lease was up and so he decided to move into his office to save on rent. Picture: TikTok/calm.simon
Simon Jackson’s apartment lease was up and so he decided to move into his office to save on rent. Picture: TikTok/calm.simon


 
But, he got busted. Picture: TikTok/calm.simon
But, he got busted. Picture: TikTok/calm.simon
 

In his initial viral video — hilariously titled “Check out my new [apartment]” — the 28-year-old filmed himself setting up his desk with his clothes, toiletries and other personal belongings.

“I’m moving from my apartment into my cubicle at work,” he declared in the voiceover. “They do not pay me enough to do both, so as a matter of protest, I am just going to live at my job, and we’ll see how long I can get away with this.”

After setting up his mini pad at Arcadis’ downtown Seattle office, his stunt ultimately went awry when his employer forced him to leave four days later.

But Jackson told The Post that while it was a “protest,” it was also a matter of timing that inspired him to live at work. 

He said he had to move out of his apartment because his lease was ending and the rent was going up. Since he was in a rush to move, no apartments had accepted his application in time.
 

‘I’m moving from my apartment into my cubicle at work,’ he declared in a viral video. Picture: TikTok/calm.simon
‘I’m moving from my apartment into my cubicle at work,’ he declared in a viral video. Picture: TikTok/calm.simon
 

“[The apartments] were too expensive anyway, and I was denied a performance review by my employer,” he claimed, which would have offered him a potential raise.

“When I found my company had an empty office downtown, this was the perfect solution as it was close to all of the venues I frequent and it would be free,” Jackson continued.

He also noted that he felt that his stay at Chez Office would have “lasted indefinitely” if only he hadn’t posted videos about it.
 

He brought many of his belongings to the office in bags and suitcases. Picture: TikTok/calm.simon
He brought many of his belongings to the office in bags and suitcases. Picture: TikTok/calm.simon

Jackson said that his former office was empty since employees were mostly working from home. Picture: TikTok/calm.simon
Jackson said that his former office was empty since employees were mostly working from home.
Picture: TikTok/calm.simon
 

Jackson — who also moonlights as a romper designer — claimed that he has been in communication with his former employer and colleagues. 

He said that he is “not unique or alone in my sentiment” of being underpaid since he claimed several other former employees — not direct co-workers, but people who worked in different branches of the same company — also felt they were underpaid.

“My recommendation [is to] empower managers to give out raises based on performance rather than treating everyone the same,” he told The Post.

The business owner also discussed the situation with Insider, saying that he’ll take his firing as an “opportunity to get away from the corporate world”.
 

Jackson set up his mini pad at his employer’s office in Seattle. Picture: TikTok/calm.simon
Jackson set up his mini pad at his employer’s office in Seattle. Picture: TikTok/calm.simon
 

“I wish they approached the TikToks differently and maybe had a conversation with me about whether there was something more serious going on in terms of money,” he said. “But do I understand their response? 100 per cent.”

Jackson said that his former office was empty since employees were mostly working from home.
 

He later revealed he was fired from the company. Picture: TikTok/calm.simon
He later revealed he was fired from the company. Picture: TikTok/calm.simon

He said that when his TikToks were discovered, the human resources department later called him and demanded he clear his things from the desk. He claims they also told him to delete his TikTok videos from the social media platform or he would be terminated.

Jackson chose to leave the company.

The Post has reached out to Arcadis but the design and engineering firm said that it cannot discuss ongoing matters.

“Due to privacy concerns relating to personnel information, the company is not at liberty to disclose any matters regarding current or former employees without express employee permission,” Arcadis told Insider in a recent statement.

But Jackson, who has been staying at a Seattle Airbnb, is looking on the bright side of it all.

“I’ve gotten so many views now, so maybe I can take that and work on building my brand,” he said. “I can always find another job if that doesn’t work out.”

While he’s considering another office job, he’s optimistic about his future brand now that he has a wide audience on TikTok.

“I might get back in the corporate game,” he said, “but until then, follow my travels and connect with me on IG or TikTok!” And to his ex-employer, he has one message: “Good luck in your future endeavours.”

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission

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