Dunkin' Donuts Ranter Has Mental Issues

On a bright and humid Saturday morning, a tanned woman approaches a Dunkin' Donuts counter, brandishes an iPhone, and informs the employees they're under "video surveillance." They'd forgotten her receipt the night before, she proclaims, so now she's returned for a free meal.

And revenge.

In a hoarse voice, she orders the entire menu — twice. Then the brown-haired model threatens to "nuke" Dunkin' Donuts from Mars, settling her gaze upon an Indian employee named Nidi at the coffee machine. "You're a complete cunt sand-nigger whore," she seethes. "I hope you're happy with your little fucking sand-nigger self because I'm about to nuke your whole planet. You think you're tough? Big fat Arabs bombing the Trade Center. I'll show you tough."

Chapman filmed her Dunkin' Donuts tirade.
Chapman filmed her Dunkin' Donuts tirade.

In one of the purest examples of how a cyber-connected, media-saturated America can catapult an obscure individual into nationwide notoriety, this self-shot video featuring 27-year-old Taylor Chapman started on Facebook — then went supernova. In a matter of days, Chapman became the most hated woman on the internet. Gawker called her "pure evil" and the "worst person ever." The Smoking Gun described the Oakland Park resident as "horrible" in an article that spawned nearly 3,000 comments. One online commenter advised: "This bitch needs to kill herself." Another posted: "I hope [Chapman] lives a very long and lonely life. [She's] so deserving of it." (New Times also published five articles calling Chapman a "local racist.")

What most of those million-plus readers worldwide didn't know, however, was that Chapman has struggled with mental illness for most of her life and been hospitalized at least twice. That's what New Times learned by consulting with Chapman, her fiancé, her friends, a former roommate, and public records. In 2011, she was arrested in Marion County under the Baker Act after exhibiting multiple personalities, according to police records. "I was first diagnosed when I was 7," she told us in her first public comments since the Dunkin' Donuts rant went viral. She declined to elaborate. "I will make my public statement when I'm ready. And I'm not doing it for free."

The contrast between Chapman's vulnerable background and the hatred leveled at her raises questions about how viral internet posts can instantaneously create heroes and villains without including all the facts. Since June 10, when the Smoking Gun posted her video, Chapman has changed her phone number, lost her job, and deleted her social media footprint. Yet it's a digital scarlet letter that won't soon disappear. "Everything's changed now," says Krystal Hosch, sister of Chapman's fiancé, Sean Hosch. "Taylor's sick. She's sick. She's been off her medication, and that's absolutely what caused this. That video will ruin her life."

Chapman's friends, former roommates, and past coworkers say they don't know much about her past or family. "I think she came from Fort Lauderdale," said Cherie Born, who lived with Chapman for ten months in 2011 in Ocala. "I don't really know anything about her past."

In fact, Chapman is from Indiana but went to school in Henderson, Kentucky, according to Henderson County High School's 2003 yearbook. Then she bounced to South Florida, where she listed a single-story house on Orchard Tree Lane in Tamarac as her residence on a driver's license. Later, she enrolled in Nova Southeastern University, graduating with a bachelor-of-science degree in 2010, said a university spokesperson.

Around this time, she met tall and sandy-haired Sean Hosch at a party. They had an intense romance, fighting constantly, recalls Cherie Born, who is the Hosches' aunt. "[Sean and Taylor] would go into their room and they'd fight, but then hours later they'd come out, and the next day or evening, everything would be fine."

Ross Buehrer, 22, attended Fort Lauderdale High School with Sean Hosch. "He was just a normal kid," says Buehrer. "But when he stole our dirt bikes, everything kind of changed." According to a police report, Hosch and another young man broke into a storage unit on SW Seventh Avenue in Pompano Beach in February 2011 and stole two dirt bikes. Hosch was charged with three felonies, pleaded no contest, and was put on probation for 18 months.

Weeks later, Fort Lauderdale Police busted Hosch for reckless driving and possession of cannabis. He pleaded no contest to those charges as well. Within months, he and Chapman had moved north to Belleview, near Ocala, where Cherie Born moved them into a vacant house she owned.

Born thought the bucolic setting would calm the couple, but problems followed. "The first week, Taylor called me a fat fucking whore," says Born, who had hired Chapman as her marketing director at the local family business, Comfort Care Medical Equipment & Uniforms. "She just snapped and called me that for no reason... I said, 'What the hell is wrong with you?' She was ready to fight."

Later, Born said, Chapman apologized and furnished a medical report detailing severe mental illnesses to explain her behavior. One minute she'd dote on Born, referring to her as Aunt Cherie, and prepare her dinner. But then, without warning or provocation, an entirely separate Chapman would emerge. It was confounding and terrifying. "She was very beautiful and very personable," Born remembers. "But she would just snap and flip out. She would yell profanities. And I was in shock. She'd make these little outfits, take a dress and cut it really short, and take the extra cloth and make a headband."

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I prayed to the Lord for her.  He told me that she was worthless.  Or without Worth.

He said, she should order a Bavarian Cream Donut, and squeeze the cream out and put it in her toilet.

Then take her nipples and wipe them around the outside of the toilet lid, that dunk her head in the toilet 3 times and suck up all the Bavarian Cream she could.

Then after that, look in the Mirror.   Walk backwards out onto oncoming traffic.

Then phone Taylor Swift and paint her toenals in the shape of Jesus.

Then just simply give up on life.


Even if she has a mental illness, that does not excuse the blatant racism. Stop defending this woman for making poor choices, whether it be to walk into Dunkin' Donuts and make a scene that day or chose to stop taking her medication. 


I used to work at the same company as Taylor Chapman.  We always used to think she was high all the time.


I hope she is able to get some help from someone  When I first heard about this I looked to learn a little more about her because what little I saw seemed out of character and I posted elsewhere some time ago that I felt there was an emotional or mental reason for her to freak out.  There are too many that have some mental issues when there is no real help for them, and that is a shame because there are many who have had some sort of mental problem who went on to do great things eventually, Including the one name which comes to mind, Howard Hughes.

frankd4 topcommenter

when BACHMANN and PALIN act like this on mass-media the get elected and make big money as celebrities - this kid simply has to come out against abortion and claim to be anti-gay and support the NRA and basically hug the GOP conservative platform - and maybe she will get elected as a senator of congresswoman somewhere

drakemallard topcommenter

 We have no more stupid people in this country. Everybody has a "learning disorder". Or she's "minimally exceptional".


"has mental issues" sounds derogatory. The headline should really be "has a history of mental illness". 

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