Earlier this year, former Best Buy employee, Summer Tapasa, became a viral sensation when security footage caught her preventing a shoplifter from leaving a store in Hawaii with an unpaid item. In the video, Tapasa put her blocking skills to good use by stopping the bandit from exiting the store.
After a brief tussle that saw other people get involved, the shoplifter eventually dropped the item and went on his way, but not before he got an earful from Summer shortly after getting his ass handed to him. As a result of the incident, Tapasa was fired by Best Buy.
Soon thereafter, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White invited Tapasa to Las Vegas, Nevada as his guest to UFC 246: “McGregor vs Cowboy.” And not only did she get the full VIP treatment, she was also offered a job by White. After going back home to Hawaii to mull over her options — which also included an offer from an all-female football team — Tapasa ultimately took White up on his offer, and she is now a corporate security officer for the promotion.
“Do you remember the girl Summer that worked for Best Buy as security in Hawaii? Somebody was stealing a TV and she beat his ass and she stopped him from stealing the TV. She got fired by best Buy which I thought was horrible,” said White via a video posted on Twitter.
“I brought her out to Vegas. I offered her a job here. She went back to Hawaii, she weighed all her options and she decided to work for UFC. She is now a UFC employee, so for all of you thinking about fucking around here at UFC you will get your ass whooped by Summer,” he added before the video shifted to Tapasa herself.
“My name is Summer Tapasa and I am a UFC corporate security officer. I have been working with UFC for eight days and I am looking forward to expanding my career and hopefully moving on up.”
That’s a pretty feel-good story if I ever saw one.