woman puts race as hispanic and white on trader joe's application and the white application gets an interview


‘I wonder why they want to meet me now’: Hispanic TikToker only secured interviews at Trader Joe’s when she applied as a white person, viral TikTok shows (updated)

'My experience is there. What’s the problem?'


Liza Bautista


Posted on Oct 15, 2021   Updated on Oct 19, 2021, 2:11 pm CDT

A series of videos follows a TikToker as she applies to multiple Trader Joe’s locations in New York City. After failing to get even an interview, the TikToker started putting her race as white on the application. 

In an earlier video, on Oct 9., @suwusubaru contemplates lying and saying she’s white for a job with the caption, “my experience is there. What’s the problem?”


my experience is there. what’s the problem?? #fyp #foryou

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In a subsequent video, she actually does it and gets an interview. “i wonder why they want to meet me now,” @suwusubaru states in the caption.


#stitch with @suwusubaru i wonder why they want to meet me now #fyp #fypシ

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In a TikTok on Oct 14., she shows viewers the differences in outcomes when she identifies as white and when she identifies as Hispanic. The video currently has over 128,000 views. The comments make note that the email screenshots are from two different Trader Joe’s locations.

@suwusubaru explains in a follow-up TikTok that after getting rejected from multiple Trader Joe’s locations as Hispanic, she reapplied to those locations as white and got interviews.

“I don’t know what it means but do what you will with that information because that doesn’t look good,” she states. 

The Daily Dot has reached out to Trader Joe’s representatives through email.

Update 2:11pm CT Oct. 19: When reached for comment, @suwusubaru told the Daily Dot she has been in contact with the regional vice president of the New York City Trader Joe’s locations.

“The fact that I had to alter my resume to sort of prove [a] point about systemic racism in the workplace, I understand it’s not the manager’s faults, it’s the system…the system is going to continue to filter people in and out for jobs, it’s the way it was designed and it’s going to stay that way until further notice,” she said.

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*First Published: Oct 15, 2021, 3:18 pm CDT