A college graduate has been fired from his first job in New York after a Twitter mob descended on him for complaining that it was difficult to shop for dinner at his local bodegas.
Griffin Green, 24, moved from Michigan to the Bronx last week for a new opportunity as a sales development representative with software company Outreach, Reason reported.
He took to TikTok to complain that bodegas — convenience stores — in his Bronx neighborhood only stock unhealthy instant foods, and that it’s hard to shop properly there, compared to a more big supermarket like Kroger at home.
But busy Twitter room monitors were quick to seize on the clips, saying they demonstrated white privilege, with Green’s cowardly employer bowing to pressure from niche accounts to fire their employee.
Outreach told Reason that Green was fired for sharing a job offer letter on social media, not because of the controversial bodega videos that earned him the nickname “Bodega Bro.”
But the publication suggested Outreach was using that as a fig leaf to justify its decision to fire him for the innocuous bodega clips.
The series of videos that sparked outrage online show Green strolling through his Bronx neighborhood, where he had moved to for his new job, as he blasts local bodegas and asks his viewers how he was supposed to prep the dinner and where he could find a ‘large grocery store.
‘OK, so I just moved to New York and I’m going to run errands, and so I’m typing like, ‘grocery stores’, on my Apple Maps, and all the f-kings where I go… they’re like that shit’ ‘, he told the camera in a video.
Midwestern graduate 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 Reason 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 my brother, it’s not a grocery store,” he said, turning the camera to show one of the small stores. “I try to get, like eggs, yogurt, cheese, stuff like that. Like, look at this place.
Green continues walking through his Bronx neighborhood and states that he has visited several and is unsure what to do about dinner.
“Like I’ve literally been to five of them now, and like, I don’t know what I’m gonna make for dinner. Like where’s Krogers and Whole Foods? Like I’m about to to eat f-king like cereal and ramen for dinner, like what this fk?
The clip went viral after a Twitter user posted it with some saying Green was exuding white privilege to blow up bodegas, which are a staple in New York communities.
Blogger Perez Hilton – best known for bullying female stars such as Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan on his website – circled the wagons further, tweeting that the video seemed “racist”.
“I’m sure that ‘brother’ thought he was funny, but…did anyone else consider that racist?” Or just me?
Blogger Perez Hilton tweeted that the video sounded ‘racist’
TikTok star Dutch De Carvalho chimed in on the video: “I mean, what, he’s been here two days?” And he found a way to poke fun at the stores that many people in the community rely on.
More videos surfaced, which sparked further backlash on social media.
In a clip, which appeared to surface during Pride, Green commented on the number of gay people in New York and asked if “being gay is just a thing now.”
In another, he pointed out that he wore an NAACP shirt to the gym in the Bronx, so “those people” vibe with him more.
“I’m in the Bronx for a few weeks so I’m like the only white guy in this whole gym so I got this NAACP jersey to get these people to vibe with me more,” he reportedly said in a video, the New York Post reported.
The series of videos that sparked outrage online show Green strolling through his Bronx neighborhood, where he had moved to for his new job, as he blasts local bodegas and asks his viewers how he was supposed to prep the having dinner.
‘OK, so I just moved to New York and I’m going to run errands, and so I’m typing like, ‘grocery stores’, on my Apple Maps, and all the f-kings where I go… they’re like that shit’ ‘, he told the camera in a video
The video Green posted of his offer letter and move announcement to New York resurfaced and a Twitter user alerted the company.
“I don’t think it’s very flattering to have this type of person representing your business,” the user wrote. “I would upgrade his job if I were you.”
Outreach replied, “Thank you for bringing this to our attention. After investigation, we took prompt internal action in accordance with our company policies and in alignment with our core values. He is no longer an employee of Outreach.
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 disclose private and confidential information, as well as reasons for termination,” Outreach’s vice president of communications told Reason. “We remain committed to building our culture that finds its strength in our diversity, equity and inclusion – and a business where all can succeed.”
Green, who had just signed a one-year lease with an apartment in the Bronx, told Reason he was fired on his second day on the job. He asked for a chance to explain himself, but said he was refused.
“People can be portrayed as these horrible people when in reality they’re just trying to explore new things,” Green told Reason. “I was exploring New York for the first time…I didn’t know people were shopping at these convenience stores.”
“It was more of an intention to make fun of me for being a new person in town,” he said.
Green set his TikTok account to private, but on Saturday night he posted a new video that addressed the backlash and included a compilation of the graduate ordering food at a local bodega.
Green posted a new video on TikTok on Saturday night about buying food from a local bodega and distributing it to various homeless men in the area.
“If you’re here from Twitter, you probably know me as ‘Bodega Bro,'” Green said. “So I came out privately to show you what Bodega Bro is really all about.”
Green then packs up the bacon, egg, and cheese rolls and chopped cheese rolls he purchased, along with the gatorade and fruit, and films himself distributing them to various homeless men in the area.
In the video, Green adds that “if anyone is hiring in tech sales or needs a sparring partner in New York,” let them know.