A subway worker was filmed bravely fighting back against an armed robber. A few days later, she claims that she was suspended because the video was shared online. Below is the video of the incident.
The subway worker named Araceli Sotelo was working in Rockford, Illinois, when a masked man came into the store demanding money. According to Daily Mail, she explained what happened saying:
"He kind of showed me his gun, and I was like freaking out like, 'Woah you can't do that please leave. [He said], 'give me all the money' and I said 'I do not have any money, like, I do not have any money."
She continued, saying he told her, "give me everything before I hurt you." As shown in the video, Sotelo was telling him to "stop," "get out," and "leave right now," all in an attempt to get him to leave the store without further confrontation.
Since he refused to leave, Sotelo claims that she had to fight back. Explaining why she took that course of action, she said:
"He was smaller than me, so I have the advantage. I'm bigger than him, so I could at least put my weight on him, push him, or something."
Sotelo can be seen wrestling with the man. In the course of doing that, he dropped her purse and his gun on the floor. Sotelo manages to pick up the weapon before he does and goes on to threaten him with it. She can be seen pointing the gun at him, demanding her purse, and eventually hitting him on the head with the gun.
Although she bravely fought back against the armed robber, she says that she was suspended from her job because the video was shared online.
She shared this information via her TikTok @yadalove07, saying:
"I was just suspended from my job after this incident. [I was told that] 'if every one of these videos are not taken offline you will be suspended' and then I texted them and I'm like 'how long am I suspended for?'. They said till everything is removed online. I have no ability to do that."
According to Sotelo, their reason is that "they did not want anyone to know, they wanted [it] to be private that it happened to me and that I fought back, but I think they did that because they do not want corporate to know."
Since posting the video on TikTok on September 9, it has garnered about 9 million views.
How Viewers Reacted
One person commended Sotelo for her bravery, saying:
"Girl I admire you. I'm glad you're safe though. That took guts fr."
"She should have not been by herself! This could have ended badly! Management should have come in to help if no other employee could or close!"
A third person commented:
"I love the way she hit him with his own gun."
There has been no response yet from Subway. But, based on her side of the story, do you think her suspension was justified?