A college graduate was fired from his first job in NYC after a Twitter mob turned up on him complaining that it was difficult to shop for dinner at his local bodegas.
Griffin Green, 24, moved to the Bronx from Michigan last week for another opportunity as a sales development rep at the software company Outreach, Reason reported.
He went to TikTok to complain that bodegas — convenience stores — in his Bronx neighborhood only stock unhealthy instant foods, and that it was difficult to shop properly, compared to a larger supermarket like Kroger’s home.
But meddling Twitter venue monitors soon took advantage of the clips, claiming they showed white privilege, with Green’s cowardly employer bowing to pressure from the niche accounts to fire their staffer.
Outreach told Reason Green was fired for sharing an offer of a job letter on social media, not for the controversial bodega videos that nicknamed him “Bodega Bro.” yielded.
But the publication suggested Outreach used that like a fig leaf to justify its decision to fire him over the innocent bodega clips.
The series of videos that sparked the online outcry shows Green walking through his Bronx neighborhood, where he’d moved for his new job, blasting the local bodegas and asking viewers how to eat and where to find a “large grocery store.” ‘
“Okay, so I just moved to New York and I’m going to run errands, so I’m typing ‘grocery stores’ on my Apple Maps, and every f–king I go to… they’re like this s–t ,’ he told the camera in a video.
Midwest college grad, Griffin Green, 24, who recently moved to the Bronx for a job, posted TikTok videos complaining about shopping at bodegas, earning him the nickname “Bodega Bro.”
Outreach told Reden that Green was fired for sharing the offer letter on social media, not because of the controversial bodega videos that earned him the nickname “Bodega Bro.”
“Like bro, that’s not a grocery store,” he said, turning the camera to show one of the small shops. “I’m trying to get like eggs, yogurt, cheese, something like that. Look at this place.’
Green continues to walk through his Bronx neighborhood, saying he’s visited several and doesn’t know what to make for dinner.
“Like I’ve literally eaten five of these now, and all, I don’t know what I’m going to do for dinner. Like where are the Krogers and the Whole Foods? Like I’m about to eat f–king like cornflakes and ramen for dinner, like what the f–k?’
The clip went viral after a Twitter user posted it with some saying Green exuded white privilege for blowing up bodegas, which are a staple in New York’s communities.
Blogger Perez Hilton — best known for bullying female stars such as Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan on his website — circled the wagons further by tweeting that the video appeared “racist.”
“I’m sure this ‘bro’ thought he was funny, but… did anyone else see this as racist? Or just me?’
Blogger Perez Hilton tweeted that the video looked ‘racist’
TikTok star Dutch De Carvalho chimed in on the video: ‘I mean, what, he’s been here for two days? And he’s found a way to joke about the stores that many people in the community rely on.”
More videos surfaced prompting further comments on social media.
In a clip, which appeared to have surfaced during Pride, Green noted how many gay people there are in New York and asked if “being gay is just a thing now.”
In another, he pointed out that he wore a NAACP shirt to the gym in the Bronx so that “these people” sympathize with him more.
“I’m in the Bronx for a few weeks, so I’m the only white person in this whole gym, so I’ve got this NAACP shirt so these people feel more with me,” he reportedly said in a video, the New York Post reported.
The series of videos that sparked the online outcry shows Green walking through his Bronx neighborhood, where he’d moved for his new job, while blasting the local bodegas and asking his viewers how to eat.
“Okay, so I just moved to New York and I’m going grocery shopping, so I’m typing ‘grocery stores’ on my Apple Maps, and every f–king I go to… they’re like this s–t ,’ he told the camera in a video
Video Green posted of his offer letter and announcement of moving to New York resurfaced and a Twitter user alerted the company.
“I don’t think it’s very flattering to have someone like that represent your company,” the user wrote. “I’d upgrade his job if I were you.”
Outreach replied, “Thank you for bringing this to our attention. After investigation, we took prompt action internally in line with our company policies and in line with our core values. He’s no longer an Outreach employee.’
The company said Green was fired for sharing the offer letter on social media, even though it was only visible for a few seconds.
“It is against company policy for employees to leak private and confidential information and grounds for dismissal,” Outreach’s vice president of communications told Reason. “We remain committed to building our culture that finds strength in our diversity, equity and inclusion – and a business where everyone can succeed.”
Green, who had just signed a 1-year lease on an apartment in the Bronx, told Reden he was fired on his second day of work. He asked for a chance to explain, but was refused.
“People can be painted because these are terrible people, when really they’re just trying to discover new things,” Green told Reason. “I was exploring New York for the first time… I didn’t know people shop at these convenience stores.”
“It was more of an intention to almost fool myself because I’m a new person in town,” he said.
Green set his TikTok account to private but posted a new video Saturday night addressing the resistance and recording a compilation of the graduate ordering food from a local bodega.
Green posted a new video on TikTok Saturday night in which he buys food from a local bodega and distributes it to several homeless men in the area.
“If you came here from Twitter, you probably know me as ‘Bodega Bro,’” Green said. “So I came privately to show you what Bodega Bro is really about.”
Green then grabs the bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches and chopped cheese sandwiches he bought, along with gatorade and fruit, and films himself handing them out to several homeless men in the area.
In the video, Green adds that “if anyone is looking for technical sales or needs a training partner in New York,” let them know.