A Royal Mail postwoman broke down in tears this afternoon amid a backlash over a TikTok video in which she bragged that she only waited two seconds for people to answer the door before leaving - and insisting: 'It was a joke.'
Welsh postwoman Laura Orgill, 26, posted the original video showing herself shoving a 'we missed you' leaflet through someone's letterbox just seconds after knocking on her rounds in South Wales.
The video - captioned 'when a customer takes longer than two seconds to answer the door' - sees uniform-clad Ms Orgill laugh as she drops off the slip, which tells a customer to collect their parcel at their local delivery office.
Her TikTok clip sparked outrage, with many people slamming the video and reporting her to her employer. The Royal Mail refused to fire its poster girl and said today that it has 'reminded her of the need to always uphold the highest standards'.
Miss Orgill has since posted a tearful video in which she says she has been left 'upset' by the furore and insisting that the clip was just a joke. She told the Sun: 'I've very upset about the situation. All I did was use a trending sound and think of a funny scenario that people think that posties do to match the sound and unfortunately people have taken it seriously.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'All I've tried to do is use my platform to spread positivity and fun. 'During such uncertain times which has now led to me being upset, all through the last year I used my platform for good.'
Her mother told the publication: 'What she said was plainly a joke. It's ridiculous. She phoned me crying and saying how upset she is and that it was only ever a joke.'I don't think what she did was stupid. It really was just a joke.'
Miss Orgill, the self-proclaimed 'TikTok postie', has become an online star after posting videos in south Wales' Rhondda valley, where she lives with her girlfriend. They account is her own but she appears to have the backing of bosses, who put her in a video for Royal Mail's official careers page on Facebook.
Welsh postwoman Laura Orgill, 26, sparked backlash with a TikTok video bragging about only waiting two seconds for people to answer the door before leaving
The video - captioned 'when a customer takes longer than two seconds to answer the door' - sees uniform-clad Ms Orgill laugh as she drops off the slip, which tells a customer to collect their parcel at their local delivery office
She shares videos about her work with Royal Mail to the platform, on which she has 745,000 followers.
Miss Orgill has also featured as a poster girl for the delivery service in a Cosmopolitan article about the 'unlikely celebrities of TikTok'. The postwoman was inundated with angry comments from customers fed up of having to chase their packages after her 'we missed you' leaflet video was shared.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
One said: 'Sacked tomorrow.' Another said: 'It's been 24 hours since you posted, have you still got your job?'
One viewer said: 'Joke's on you, I've sent this to your employer.' Another speculated: 'I know it's a joke but it doesn't look good on the company, I'd never post in uniform, wouldn't surprise me if disciplinary.'
And another said: 'This actually really bugs me. I get to the door fast and they've lit got to the bottom of the drive.
Ms Orgill has appeared in a video for Royal Mail's official careers page on Facebook (pictured)
Ms Orgill (pictured), the self-proclaimed 'TikTok postie', has become an online star after posting videos in south Wales' Rhondda valley, where she lives with her girlfriend
A shocking video of a Welsh postwoman bragging about only waiting two seconds for people to answer the door before leaving is not the first time Royal Mail has sparked controversy.
Earlier this year, postman Thomas McCafferty was suspended by Royal Mail for refusing to assist Patricia Stewart, 72, when she lost her footing and fell down her icy front steps as she tried to collect a parcel he left for her.
Mr McCafferty, 51, responded to her appeals for help by telling her 'I can't help, I'm too knackered' and then walked away.
Calling over his shoulder, McCafferty told Mrs