Dozens of Dunkin’ Donuts thown out at closing time in shocking video: 'It could feed many homeless'

The viral video showed Dunkin' Donuts employees throwing excess donuts into trash can at closing time

                            Dozens of Dunkin’ Donuts thown out at closing time in shocking video: 'It could feed many homeless'
The viral video showed a worker throwing away all leftover food Dunkin’ Donuts (Twitter/ @richontech)

A video of a Dunkin’ Donuts worker has gone viral on the internet that showed them throwing donuts at the end of the day. A similar kind of video went viral at the start of this year that also showed an employee of the multinational coffee and doughnut company throwing away all the leftover food in the garbage bin at the end of the workday, according to company policy.

The recent video has been shared on TikTok by @kath.dias. However, soon it went viral on Reddit as well as Twitter, sparking debate on food wastage. Users not only criticized the practice but also shared their own experiences while working at some restaurants or food chain. One user on the ‘Mildly Infuriating’ subreddit chain said, “I don't understand why they can't box them up and sell them at a local grocery store.” The second one commented, “Also how fucking privileged are we as a society that day old bread is so looked down on and deemed unacceptable to sell? Drives me bonkers some days.”


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One user sharing their experience wrote, “I worked at a local sandwich chain as a teenager. All the rejected sandwiches (too much mayo, wrong cheese, etc) were kept and delivered to a commissary the next day to be distributed to homeless people. Leftover, scrapped, and stale bread was sent back to be made into the meatballs. Always seemed like a great idea. Food waste is obscene. I later worked in an office supply chain and same deal. It’s crazy what gets thrown away just because it’s returned or opened.”

A Dunkin' Donuts employee displays a fresh tray of "croissant doughnuts" on November 3, 2014 in New York City. The pastry, which began selling at Dunkin' Donuts two days ago, is based on baker Dominque Ansel's hybrid pastry, the "cronut," which came to popularity in the summer of 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

A person with the username u/McRibeater posted on Reddit: “I worked at Starbucks and the same thing happened. We used to throw away a shit ton at Starbucks, we’re talking about sandwiches, lunchboxes, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, etc. Like a garbage bag or even two full some nights. I knew someone who got fired because the Store Manager was encouraging taking food home as most Baristas were broke students, but the District Manager found out and terminated them. Big food corporations suck on so many levels.”

Twitter was also buzzing with reactions to the video. A user tweeted, “Ouch, this could feed so many homeless or underprivileged folks if it is given promptly.” The second one commented, “Why homeless, even ppl like us could take it and repurpose it. We do it in our houses everyday. But this seems to be a common practice. If I remember right, food network had a show where they collect food from ‘trash’ and make a meal out of it.”

A customer exits a Dunkin' Donuts store in midtown Manhattan on July 11, 2011, in New York City. Dunkin' Brands Group Inc., the parent of Dunkin' Donuts, plans to raise as much as $401 million by selling its initial public offering of 22.3 million shares, which are expected to fetch between $16 and $18. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)



“Should do what Mrs Fields did in the 90s when I worked there. Cookies that didn’t sell were immediately bagged up about 10 to a bag and sold the next day for $3 a bag if anything left by days end each employee was allowed to take home 1 bag. A similar thing would work 4 Dunkin…” the third user suggested while the fourth added: “Terrible waste... I don't mind if they're a day old. I think there is a group that works to distribute food over-runs, but I don't know if they include d-nuts and it's not widely established.”



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