A Massachusetts manager who was nicknamed “Target Tori” when a customer shamed her online has now come to the defense of another viral retail worker dubbed “Kroger Andy” — and has raised $18,000 to send him on a vacation.
Tori Perrotti, a manager at a Target store in Swansea, Massachusetts, jumped into the fray when a customer griped on Twitter about Andy, also a manager, at a Kroger in Louisville, Kentucky.
In the tweet, the customer, Danielle Muscato, explained that she had gone to Andy after she confronted another shopper about not wearing a mask and was threatened with assault.
“I reported it to a manager, who found her and talked to her, but refused to do anything more,” she wrote, along with a photo of Andy trying to hide his name badge.
“His name is Andy, and he does not want Twitter to know that.”
But Perrotti was quick to take a stand in support of the fellow retail employee, saying, “Can we stop using social media as a tool to shame people at their place of work?”
“Dear Andy, I didn’t want the twitter world to know my name either. Turns out it isn’t half bad,” she wrote on Twitter.
The internet rallied around Perrotti back in January after a customer called the cops when she wouldn’t sell him an $89.99 electric toothbrush for one cent — the displayed price on the shelf.
Twitter users took her side and created a GoFundMe page to send her on vacation — and Perrotti announced she was returning the favor on Saturday with a fundraiser for “Kroger Andy.”
“The GoFundMe that I received after my ordeal changed my life and afforded me an epic (and needed) vaca. Let’s do the same for Andy!” she wrote on the GoFundMe page, which has raised $18,000 as of Sunday afternoon.
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