Hey, my name is Carl (from Austin/San Antonio Tx). Like many of you, I saw the youtube video of the treatment of these 2 employees of Dunkin Donuts by TaylorC, and I was horrified. More than horrifed, I was disgusted and outraged. And I can't believe they kept it together, so well. Most of us have had to deal with a difficult customer at one point in our career, but I'd say most peoples breaking points would have been reached by this.
I commend their cool, level heads. It takes some serious composure to stay cool under such a constant, beligerent attack. And to endure the most hateful of racial insults (starting at 6:50m in the video)...
I read that Abid is 18, recently graduated, and has aspirations of being a doctor. I haven't seen what Nithi's aspirations are, but I wanted to counterract this swarm of negativity that happened to these these two, by giving them a foot up in pursuit of their education and careers.
Disclaimer : I dont know either of these two. I havent left Texas in years, but I saw a chance to some really bad nasty bitter lemons into lemonade, and I'm hoping that enough people will support this endeavor.
What We Need & What You Get
Im trying to raise a minimum of $10,000, to be split equally between the Dunkin Donuts employees Abid and Nithi. These funds will go towards their educational aspirations. This is a flexible funding campaign, so I elected for all of it to go to them regardless of amount raised (but a lesser %age is collected by IndieGogo if we meet this goal).
Nasty, bitter attacks from people like the woman in this video, can help jade people to the world around us and make us bitter.
I don't mean to sound completely CareBears over here, but we can counterract this poison by putting forth good deeds, righting some wrongs, and performing acts of random kindness. Any amount will help. $3, $5, $10, $20, $50 (+ a random act of kindness).
Please consider making a donation and pledging a random act of kindness to someone, somewhere. Note this on Twitter with hashtags #payitforward or #randomactofkindness
Other Ways You Can Help
If times are tough, you can still help. This campaign needs you to spread the word. Please tell your friends, your fb list, your Twitter feed, instagram hashtag #payitforward or #randomactofkindness with this address. Spread the good word.
Thank you, and be excellent to each other.
How They're Going to Get the Money
I wanted this to be a surprise. Rest assured, as the listed beneficiaries, Indiegogo will not release to anyone but them, and will verify their identifications. Basically, I was wanting to hit the goal first, then give them a call (or have a nearby local FL friend of mine go by and notify them) and let them know about the fundraising efforts. Please, please, lets keep this a surprise if possible (although that may not be at this point).