Former Dunkin’ Donuts employee Bryan Johnston cannot stand the fact that he had to keep throwing several hundred donuts into the bin every night, and decided to donate the food to the homeless instead.
He uploaded a TikTok video of himself throwing the perfectly edible donuts at the end of his shift, and even though people loved it, the 16-year-old lost his job for breaking protocol.
“It’s still very hard to look back to when I replay the whole situation in my head. It felt as though my manager didn’t care that I worked there for 5 months and she didn’t say anything like ‘sad to see you go’ or ‘thanks for being a part of the team, “ Johnston told BoredPanda.
Johnston’s donut-saga went viral on TikTok as he shared how he got fired from Dunkin’ Donuts because he gave donuts to the homeless instead of throwing them out.
The 16-year-old was tasked with throwing out hundreds of donuts each and every night.
“People also have been helping me financially until I find a stable source of income which I am beyond blessed for,” Johnston said.
According to Bryan, some franchises don’t help feed the homeless because they’re ‘greedy and lazy’ to go the extra mile for the local community.
“They would rather just throw away the food at the end of the day instead of paying an employee a couple more man-hours to bring the food to a donation center,” he said.
“Even though it’s up to the store what to do with the waste, most store managers instruct us to throw out the food because they haven’t set up a program to donate.”
“And that roots back to the company itself and not having proper procedures set up in place for the food waste which I find extremely disappointing.”
“I plan on using my voice to bring light to the issue of how much food waste goes on throughout America each day and how true a problem famine and world hunger is,” Johnston told BoredPanda.
“If companies like Dunkin’ decided to someone reduce the food waste and/or donate the food to the hungry, issues like that would not be as huge of a problem.”
“I still would want to grow on TikTok making positive videos as well as comedy/lifestyle content, but I am hoping to get a lot of people on board with me on how big an issue is that is overseen by so many,” he continued.
“But right now I’m still kinda shaken by the fact so many people on the internet support me and what I am doing/going to do.It gives me the motivation to continue to be a light in such difficult times in the world. ”
The teen also gave the food to firefighters, as well as the needy, and claimed that this is the reason why he got fired from his job at Dunkin’ Donuts.
Please keep in mind that every owner of a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise personally decides whether or not to donate food at the end of the day. The company itself has created a support structure for those who choose to donate.