Dunkin’ Donuts worker pays it to himself – is he stealing?

Fast food workers have to deal with many annoying and unpleasant customers. They are often the target of mean, impatient people. They sometimes suffer backlash from an angry customer, even though they haven’t done anything wrong themselves.

But recently, a fast food worker was in the spotlight for something he does to Customers– something that many people consider wrong and unethical.

A Dunkin’ Donuts worker makes his confession online

(Photo by Warren Wong on Unsplash)

Dunkin’ Donuts employee Sahmir recently admitted on TikTok that he pockets the cash when drive-through customers pay for the person in line behind them to order (a movement known as pay-it-forward ) – and effectively chooses to pay it on to itself.

“I took the money as a tip,” he wrote.

The pay-it-forward movement is generally met with approval: one goodwill gesture follows another. But what happens when the extra money you give at the checkout doesn’t go to the person behind you at all?

This was discussed on many social media platforms attended by people from all over the world. And sometimes it took a philosophical turn.

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Initially, commentators were quick to condemn Sahmir’s actions as glorified theft. They called it unethical and said the money didn’t belong to him in the first place. Others tried to offer the boy, who clearly needed money, more morally acceptable solutions: ask for a raise or get a better job.

Still others further slandered him, saying that he should be fired immediately and that his actions show he is untrustworthy.

But some might compare Sahmir to an entry-level Robin Hood, stealing from the rich to give to the poor. And Robin Hood was a hero.

From slander to a larger philosophical question

A few commenters wanted to get to the heart of the issue: Why did Sahmir feel the need to take the money in the first place? Doesn’t he earn a living wage?

Others were outraged at how this fast-food worker was treated and said he shouldn’t have to pass money from one wealthy customer to the next. “Get out of the car and do it yourself,” wrote one woman.

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The debate continued, igniting some people’s notions of social justice and raising the question: what does pay-it-forward really look like? A wealthy customer helping another wealthy customer? Or is it an opportunity to give with no questions asked? In the words of one commenter, “If the customer wants to be nice, they shouldn’t care where the money goes.”

Others were more tongue in cheek and said Sahmir had a future in politics or that he was smart and wished they had thought of that themselves. Still others questioned the whole concept of pay-it-forward, saying it gets people stuck and that we don’t all have money to give away.

Where do you stand on the subject?

Donuts on pink background

Does underpaying fast food workers justify what Shamir did? Should he be released immediately? Or should we take a closer look at the quality of life of a worker at Dunkin?

Regardless of whether Sahmir’s actions could be labeled right or wrong, the larger questions that are really at the heart of the issue give us a lot to think about. Next time you’re at the drive-thru, maybe you’ll pass it on to the next customer and the clerk behind the glass pane.


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