Theme park worker sacked after TikTok water fountain stunt

·News Reporter
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An employee at one of the world's most famous theme parks says he was sacked after a video of him drinking water from a series of the establishment's water fountains went viral. 

Jason Jeter, the man behind the TikTok account showmelovejete, documented himself drinking from multiple watering holes at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, in a video uploaded last month. 

He ranked each fountain's water on a scale between one and 10, and compared them to water offered for free at restaurants in the park's Disney Springs area. 

Mr Jeter scored some of the restaurant water even lower than what he scored water scooped from the fountains.

Jason Jeter in TikTok water fountain stunt.
Jason Jeter documented himself drinking from water fountains at Disney World. Source: TikTok/showmelovejete

Water from the fountain at the Rainforest Cafe received a score of three out of 10 - the same score given to tap water at Splitsville Bowling, and higher than the 2.6 given to tap water from Earl of Sandwich.

The video didn't take long to go viral, having been watched nearly 15 million times since being uploaded.

In a subsequent video however, Mr Jeter revealed that while his stunt had been well-received on TikTok, the same could not be said for his employer. 

"I just got fired by Disney," he announced, saying he had been called into his manager's office and told that the company was not impressed by what they saw on his TikTok account. 

He claimed his manager told him an email from the Walt Disney Company had been received saying it did not appreciate what he had been posting and was thus "unfortunately no longer allowed backstage". 

Mr Jeter said he wished he had been asked to remove the troublesome content instead of being fired. 

"But it is what it is, it's official now," he said.

While many were sympathetic of his situation and expressed sadness at him being let go, others said they could understand why the company was not pleased with his stunt. 

Sacking not all bad

"I'm sorry man but I gotta say, I see why they did what they did," one person wrote in a comment. 

"I completely understand why Disney let you go," another wrote. 

In a surprise twist of fate however, Mr Jeter claimed he received several job offers after announcing he had been sacked. 

As well as gaining more than 100,000 new TikTok followers, he said multiple brands had contacted him with sponsorship deals and others offered him positions to work on their social media teams. 

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