Dollar General employee sparks debate over eating without paying


An alleged TikToker and Dollar General employee has sparked a debate on the platform after posting a video claiming he was about to be reprimanded at work for eating food without paying.

The video, posted by user Jordan (@jordanfromdollargeneral), shows him exiting the store while wearing his Dollar General badge.

Jordan’s video currently has over 387,000 views.

“As soon as I arrived, the manager said she wanted to show me something on the cameras, so I left,” Jordan wrote in the text covering the video. “I know it’s me on camera eating stuff without paying.”

In the comments, users shared their thoughts on taking food to work without paying.

“[I don’t] know why jobs think we care,” one user wrote. “I’m going to eat something.”

“Employees should have at least one free meal per shift,” added another.

More and more TikTokers have stepped in to tell their stories of getting free lunches at work, legally or not.

“As a former butcher, I use[d] to eat the lunchables and hide, ”commented a user.

“Wendy is for me and I didn’t care,” said another. “I ate what I wanted when I wanted.”

“When electronics are returned to Walmart, employees take them and write them off as a loss,” another commenter said. “Eat your bag of chips it’s good.”

“When I worked at McDonald’s I was stealing so much food,” said a fourth. “It must have been in the thousands of dollars.”

For Jordan, his future at Dollar General is unclear. He wrote in comments that he was going to try to come back the next day, but also that he was looking for work elsewhere.

According to Jordan, Dollar General was an unsatisfying place to work.

“I’ve heard for years [Dollar General] treats its employees like 💩,” one commenter wrote. “No wonder they still only have one or two people employed in each store.”

Under this comment, Jordan simply replied: “facts”.

Dollar General did not immediately respond to Daily Dot’s email request for comment.

*First published: April 18, 2022, 9:12 a.m. CDT

Braden Bjella

Braden Bjella is a cultural writer. His work can be found in Mixmag, Electronic Beats, Schön! magazines, and more.

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