I’ve always wondered what places like Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, and Dunkin’ Donuts do with all their leftover food at the end of the day.
You KNOW there’s a bunch that goes uneaten at close.
One Dunkin’ employee has taken to TikTok to show what happens to those uneaten donuts at the end of the day, and this make me tear up just a little bit.
Some of those videos show what happens at the close of business. Like, what do they do with all those donuts?
Do they donate all those perfectly good donuts to people in need? Nope.
They toss them in the trash. The TRASH!!
I mean, one of his videos shows them trashing more than 300 donuts.
Side Note: This answers a long-standing question that I had regarding stale, days-old donuts.
We throw out so much food at the end of the day — I start by dumping all these donuts. I do get to bring some [donuts] home if I want to, but this is just the routine I have to follow.Bryan Johnston
Obviously, the commenters have some feelings about this closing routine, and it’s not good.
I recently spoke with my local Starbucks Barista about what THEY do with food at closing. They mentioned that they aren’t allowed to give the food away, because that makes them liable to lawsuits.
It seems that Dunkin’ is employing the same thinking, and that is why they trash their food.
What I have been told about the policy from my manager is that we (the workers) are allowed to take the donuts before we trash them, but we would have to take them in a discreet bag or box that doesn’t have the company’s logo on it — That way if we decide to give them out or to the homeless, the company cannot get sued.Bryan Johnston