After a video of a woman holding a baby while working at a Waffle House in South Carolina went viral, and a con artist troll pretended to be the woman for money, according to TMZ. The TikTok video was posted on Oct. 3.
The woman, whose TikTok name is tiffanyclark843, claimed in the video’s comments that she was the person on the video holding the baby. She wrote that she was the child’s aunt and had been suspended for having the child at work. The con woman also left her CashApp information for donations.
“This is me on this video,” wrote the con-artist. “She is my niece it was either I take her or dss was so she was brought to me 230am and I was already at work so I had no.”
On Oct. 8, TMZ reported that the woman was a con artist who had also called them and claimed to be the Waffle House employee. The woman gave the outlet a sob story about the baby being orphaned due to her brother’s death.
She also aimed to have been suspended for having the child behind the counter. When TMZ tried to confirm the information with the Waffle House, they were surprised to learn that the employee holding the baby in the video had never responded on TikTok.
Furthermore, she was not related to the child in any way. The employee had not been suspended and does not have a CashApp account.
The Vice President of Public Relations at Waffle House, Njeri Boss, released a statement noting that the employee seen in the video is not the person masquerading as such on TikTok.
“We have investigated the TikTok video and have determined that the media portrayals and social media posts are not accurate,” she wrote. “While an employee of ours was recorded holding a baby at work, she is not related to that baby in any manner, never identified herself as the person in the TikTok video, never provided a CashApp account to receive any donations, never gave an interview to any media outlet, and never was suspended from her job.”
She added that the employee was holding the baby for another employee in an attempt to stop the baby from crying, which was successful.
While TMZ didn’t publish the con’s CashApp information, others may have, and they warned people not to donate to TikTok user tiffanyclark843. The con-artist’s account is still active on TikTok.