A GoFundMe page for a former Holiday Inn Express employee has received more than $84,000 in donations in the first day.
An irate customer filmed the employee, identified only by his first name and last initial — Caleb C — in the midst of a mental and emotional breakdown after the customer reportedly called the employee a “fa**ot.”
The former employee’s reaction garnered sympathy from the internet, which in turn donated to a GoFundMe page set up to benefit him.
What are the details?
A viral video shows Caleb, a front desk staffer at an undisclosed Holiday Inn Express location, having a breakdown as an unidentified customer harangues him over what is believed to be a booking error.
In the video, an unnamed male can be heard berating Caleb for “stealing” his money and changing his reservation. The unnamed male continues goading the employee, telling him that he’s filming him. At one point, Caleb begins hitting himself in the head and goes on to bang his head against the computer monitor. The guest continues filming Caleb and says, “Wow. You’ve got to be kidding me.” The video continues to roll even as Caleb walks off-screen and begins wailing. The guest then walks around the other side of the front desk to film the employee, even as he seeks cover from the man and the camera’s prying lens.
What happened then?
Filmmaker and self-proclaimed “race-baiter” Tariq Nasheed initially shared the video on social media, framing it as a white versus black issue. He captioned the video, “A white Holiday Inn express worker has a nervous breakdown after he got scolded by a black customer because of a mistake in the reservation system.”
(Content warning: Disturbing footage):
A white Holiday Inn Express worker has a nervous breakdown after he got scolded by a Black customer because of a mi… https://t.co/m6uXM30xYQ
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸)1619391790.0‘I do have mental disorders’
Caleb, however, took the opportunity to address the controversy online, where he revealed that he suffers from mental illness.
“While I’ve now