SCANDAL: Store Chain Hires “Luggage Boy” To Make an Ad, Then Gets Criticized For Not Paying Employee Benefits

3 years ago



Suddenly, the story of the "luggage boy" from the Philippines got a follow-up. Previously, the Typical Student told you about Christian Tecson, who decided to earn some extra cash selling suitcases at a mall in Lipa City, Batangas. Read the beginning of the story in This INCREDIBLY Inventive Student Does Splits and Flips To Sell Suitcases (VIRAL VIDEO).


luggage-boy-adSource: SM Shoes and Bags Facebook video


The video of Christian doing splits and flips went viral on Facebook, and it could have been forgotten pretty fast. However, the inventive student was offered… an ad cameo by a supermarket! SM Shoes and Bags posted a video of Christian doing his #ZipperDance (yes, they’ve given it a name!) on its Facebook and YouTube pages.



At the time of writing, Christian’s commercial video has amassed about 1.4M views on Facebook, and has been shared over 7K times! Isn’t that special?

Supermarket Hiring the "Luggage Boy" Gets Criticism

According to Coconut, the department store who used the inventive student to film their ad, underwent severe criticism. Allegedly, the department store hires employees in fixed 6-month contracts. What does this mean? Apparently, some businesses use this practice to avoid providing employee benefits required by law.

Henry Sy, the owner of the SM chain and the richest man in the Philippines, has denied "contractualization" allegations. The department store’s representatives claim they have both regular and seasonal employees. So, the commenters on "luggage boy" ad called out the department store to "regularize" its staffers.

Facebook user Noelle De Guzman said: "Please regularize your workers SM. :) They deserve full benefits."

She got support from other users.

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