Indonesian Instagram/TikTok celebrity Dinda Shafay has recently come forward with an allegation that an employee of a popular es kopi (iced coffee) chain sexually harassed her.
The incident reportedly occurred on Monday evening at a Kopi Kenangan branch in the North Sumatra capital of Medan, where she’s based. In an Instagram post, Dinda posted two videos that were filmed after the alleged incident, with the caption detailing how it went down.
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Dinda wrote that she used a toilet intended for customers, but when she was cleaning herself up, an employee broke into her stall. Dinda alleged that the male employee said, “You should have locked the door,” instead of apologizing to her. However, Dinda said that she had already locked the door once she entered the restroom, as she demonstrated in the first video.
“After he broke into the toilet stall I was in and told me off, he was laughing out loud and bitching about me outside with other employees. How could I know? Because I was still inside the restroom and he was laughing loud enough outside that I could hear him,” Dinda wrote.
Dinda said she was devastated by the incident to the point that she cried, which can be heard in the second video, as the employee didn’t seem to take her complaint seriously. Additionally, he allegedly told her that employees who work at the branch usually used whichever restroom was vacant, be it intended for customers or employees.
Earlier today, Kopi Kenangan issued a statement in response to the alleged incident. The company said it is conducting an internal investigation and will schedule a meeting with Dinda before taking further steps.
“Kopi Kenangan has taken an action to temporarily lay off the employee who was involved in the incident while waiting for the result of the internal investigation,” the statement reads.
In a series of Instagram stories, Dinda wrote that she was initially afraid to speak up. Despite accusations of her making up the story to gain clout, Dinda said she’s grateful for the overwhelming support she received.
Dinda, who mainly posts about makeup tutorials or skin care tips, gained mainstream notoriety in April last year after a series of her controversial DIY videos for COVID-19 prevention, including a video in which she poured antiseptic liquid into a diffuser in order to supposedly clean the air from viruses, dust, and bacteria.