For nearly two years, Calvin Denker has been a part-time security guard employed by the vent security company Best, working at sporting events including Minnesota Vikings games. But he no longer has that job thanks to something that happened while he was working at a recent Taylor Swift concert in the Minnesota Vikings stadium in Minneapolis.
Denker, a lifelong Taylor Swift fan, was quite excited when he’d been assigned to work the floor for her Eras Tour tour stops in Minneapolis. But as a security guard, he wouldn’t actually get to watch the show as his back would be turned to the stage the whole time. So he asked for a little bit of assistance.
Knowing that he wouldn’t be able to get a photo himself, he handed out small signs to the fans in front of him asking for them to take a photo on the second night of the tour.
“Hi, I’m not allowed to use my phone at any point tonight. Can you please take a photo of me with Taylor Swift behind me and text it to my phone number? Thank you so much, and enjoy the show,” the small signs said according to WCCO.
But apparently, his employer wasn’t happy with the move and fired him.
“I was under the impression that what I was doing was a by-the-books way to handle this and get some memories from the night, but HR didn’t really see it that way,” Denker told WCCO.
It’s a pretty harsh reaction to a simple photo, but Denker doesn’t sound too worried about it.
“Ultimately, Taylor Swift was right behind me and I was aware of it,” Denker said. “So, I was having the time of my life.”