In the age of social media, it takes just one hiccup to become an overnight sensation. And that's precisely what happened to Aoife McMorrow, a fresh-faced graduate who is now toasting to her newfound viral fame after a tipsy work event landed her in a boozy blunder.
Just a few days into her first post-university job as a social media and influencer executive with an online healthy food retailer, 22-year-old McMorrow found herself facing the daunting task of attending a work function.
Nerves got the best of her, and she decided to calm her new-job-jitters with a few alcoholic drinks. However, one too many proved to be her undoing, leading to a blackout and a rather awkward morning after.
McMorrrow has admitted she doesn't remember much from the night out, but woke up with a sore head and realised her phone was dead, and her charger broken. To make matters worse, she arrived three hours late at the office after her phone alarm didn't go off, with no memory of where she ended up the night before or even how she got home.
As if that wasn't enough, she had her first encounter with the company CEO on the very same day.
In true Gen Z fashion, McMorrow decided to share her wild experience with her 390.4K TikTok followers under the title "Don't fire me please". The video spread like wildfire, garnering a whopping two million views and counting.
In the footage, we see McMorrow at her desk, looking a little worse for wear, with a text overlay explaining: "Got so drunk at drinks with work last night I blacked out and didn’t show up this morning. This is the third day of my new job. I met the CEO of the company today. He called me a ‘record breaking rockstar’. Slay."
Discussing the incident in the comments section of her TikTok, McMorrow asked her followers, "guys what is wrong with me why I can’t I be a normal adult? Literally haven’t even completed my training yet and I’ve already crossed the line."
Surprisingly, everyone, including her boss took it in stride. The CEO assured her that everyone experiences a mishap once in their life and praised McMorrow for owning up to it in such a witty way. Talk about turning an embarrassing moment into an epic win.
Speaking about the incident, McMorrow said: "I sometimes get nervous around new people and when I went to the work do, I didn’t realise how much I had to drink. I’m so pleased Nick and the team were able to see the funny side of the situation, but I know I’ll always be remembered as the employee who blacked out on the third day of joining the company."
McMorrow went on to say moderation will be the name of the game in future, "I will definitely make sure to not get so carried away at the next work event - as I’m sure I’ll have a few watchful eyes on me anyway.”
In a follow-up TikTok video, McMorrow even admitted that she thought she might lose her job over the incident. However, she was grateful that the MuscleFood team didn't take it that far.
Nick Preston—possibly the greatest CEO of all time under the circumstances—told NationalWorld, "We've all been in McMorrow's situation once in our life," and that he "doesn't want her to feel embarrassed by it." He added, "It taking place on the second day of the job is definitely a new record. And as I said to McMorrow, she is a record-breaking rockstar."
Preston commended McMorrow for turning her mistake into a brilliant TikTok moment, proving they made the right choice in hiring her as their social media superstar.
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