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A woman has taken to TikTok to share a story of how she quit her job after receiving an 'inhumane' response from her former boss when she told them she couldn't make it in to work as her sister was dying in hospital.
Hillary Zinks from the US works as both a makeup and effects artist in the film industry and as a waitress for some extra cash.
She was on a film set when she received a phone call that her sister was in a coma in hospital and could pass away at any moment.
Her boss urged her to be with her family, with Hillary recalling, "She was like 'please go home, be with your family because there’s no job in this world that’s worth missing life over.'"
As she drove from New Mexico for 10 hours to Las Vegas, she sent a message to the supervisor at her second job at the restaurant, explaining that she couldn't make her next shift due to the heartbreaking situation she'd been put in.
"I told them I wasn’t going to be there this weekend because I wanted to be there for my sister’s final moments," Hillary told her followers.
The text message read: "I had to drive to Nevada because my sister is dying in the hospital there. I’ll let you know when I get back and when I can come back to work. I am so sorry to leave you hanging this weekend."
She described her supervisor's response as "inhumane", reading aloud the reply she received: "I do understand and I am sorry for what you are experiencing. I’m curious why you are letting me know two hours prior to your shift?"
Hillary was shocked, saying, "I’m sorry but death does not have a timeline. It kind of happens unexpectedly."
She told her boss she had been on the road since 1am and hadn't had the chance to get in touch sooner.
"Like I said, I have great compassion and sorrow for what you are experiencing. Though, it is my job to create a positive work environment for all staff. We have 50 [diners] today and only two scheduled staff members are expected for the shift," the supervisor responded.
"We will make it work, we always do. It just makes it hard on the crew that do show up."
Hillary explained to her followers that she was "fuming" at the response and once again pointed out that her sister was on life support and she wanted to be with her so she wouldn't pass away all alone.
"I don’t give a damn about the 50 [diners] or how hard the other people will have to work today," she wrote in her text message response. "If you’re so concerned, then put on a server’s outfit instead of telling me that other people will have it hard today. Jesus Christ, read the room."
The supervisor simply responded, "Thanks Hillary, take care."
Once she reached her sister, she decided to quit her waitressing job, writing in a text, "Call me crazy but after your comments this morning, I just got this crazy weird vibe from my comatose sister that you should eat s*** for what you said and that I should quit. Sending love from Vegas."
Hillary later received an apology from her supervisor's manager, who informed her that person was no longer working at the restaurant and that if she wanted her job back she could have it.
"I want everyone to know and her to know that having her quit or get fired or whatever happened was not my intention," Hillary said of her supervisor. "I just wanted her to take a step back and realise what she said to me so that she would never say anything like that to another employee again."
The TikToker's sister died that weekend, leaving behind five kids, but Hillary added that she was an organ donor and she died a hero.
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