Few, if any, stores should be open on major federal holidays, including Christmas Day. Retail and food-service chains don't pay workers nearly enough to justify ripping them from friends and families on, say, Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve, or Christmas. If you've ever worked food service on a holiday — or sat through holiday gatherings while a loved one was gone working — you know how much this sucks.
Good people recognize this. But a local radio host on 790 AM "the Ticket," Zack Duarte, is instead trying to rat out the poor employees of a Miami Dunkin' Donuts who closed five minutes early on Christmas Day. He had an online meltdown yesterday because he couldn't get coffee and doughnuts made by workers earning near-poverty-level wages. Duarte later explained he was trying to buy for 790 AM sports-radio host Brian "the Beast" London, who himself was hosting a radio program on Christmas.
"Pretty fucked up of @dunkindonuts to close early," Duarte tweeted in the middle of Christmas Day. "It’s 1 pm as I’m writing this. Doors locked at 12:55 even though
Not satisfied, he then tweeted out the exact address of the Dunkin' Donuts in question.
18801 NW 2nd Ave— Zack Duarte (@790Zack) December 25, 2018
Miami, FL 33169
And then, in one of the biggest dick moves in Christmas history, he direct-messaged the official Dunkin' Twitter account — aiming to rat out this location to the corporate office. This could conceivably have led to workers getting fired on Christmas Day. He also posted about another location, which allegedly closed at 12:30 instead of 1 p.m. as
"Let’s see how @dunkindonuts
Honestly, if employees ditched the depressing, hideous confines of a Dunkin' Donuts to get home to their families on Christmas a few minutes early, that would be fine with most people. But Duarte wasn't done! He then posted a sarcastic tweet blasting the chain that didn't pour coffee that he very easily could have made himself:
America runs on @dunkindonuts which closes 20 minutes early.— Zack Duarte (@790Zack) December 25, 2018
And then, after this pathetic temper tantrum, he tweeted that millennials are, apparently, a "soft generation." This would be correct if he were referencing himself and not those who had to work the 6 a.m. Christmas Day shift at Dunkin'. (This writer used to work the morning shift at a local bakery and can confirm that selling doughnuts and coffee on holidays can be grueling.)
We are a softttttt generation— Zack Duarte (@790Zack) December 25, 2018
The only "soft" person in this scenario is, of course, a local radio host having an online meltdown because someone wouldn't sell him some chocolate cake. Duarte is now getting absolutely roasted online, as he should be.
Probably missed the part where the other location was closed at 1230 but that’s ok. Also, it wasn’t for me, it was for my boss :) merry Xmas— Zack Duarte (@790Zack) December 25, 2018
Coffee was for my coworkers and their other location, which also stated it was open until 1, was closed at 1230— Zack Duarte (@790Zack) December 25, 2018
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No lol— Zack Duarte (@790Zack) December 25, 2018
No I feel pretty normal!! How bout you— Zack Duarte (@790Zack) December 25, 2018
And their families were expecting them after 1— Zack Duarte (@790Zack) December 25, 2018
So Duarte is rightfully being excoriated online for being a petty, low-level Grinch. He hasn't responded to New Times' tweets yet. Bah humbug!