Taylor Chapman, Dunkin' Donuts, YouTube, 2009, Controversy, Mental Health

Whatever Happened to the Woman who Made Went Viral in a 2009 Dunkin’ Donuts Video?

In 2009, a woman by the name of Taylor Chapman was 27-years-old in 2009 and appeared in many local marketing videos in Florida, where she lived at the time. In the summer of that year, Taylor walked into the fast-food chain waiting for her breakfast when she started yelling (while recording on her iPhone) that she didn’t receive a receipt for a purchase she had made before, which meant she deserved a free breakfast. As she waited for her food, she hurled offensive insults at the employee, (who remained polite) and Taylor said that everything would go live on Facebook. Taylor also told a customer that she would upload it to YouTube, unaware of what was to come.

As you can imagine, the internet went wild, calling her names and wishing that she would kill herself, among many other threats. What the internet didn’t know until a few years later, was that Taylor had mental health issues and as of 2011 was off her medications, according to her fiance’s sister.

The video that Taylor posted caused her to lose her job, delete all of her social media, and change her phone number.

Taylor was engaged at the time to a man named Sean Hosch, who had his own criminal history. The two of them had a very intense relationship where they would get into heated arguments one night and would be just fine the next morning.

Taylor had a series of mental meltdowns (which you can read about in the sources I’ve provided down below) before the video was made, from going down to a construction site wearing nothing but a G-string bikini in order to make the wives mad, to starting fights at work, and more.

After all that, Taylor and Sean were kicked out of his Aunt’s house and they moved into a one bedroom apartment. Sean would fix old cars, and that where Taylor found her job making videos for making marketing videos until she made that video on her iPhone.

In 2015, at the age of 29, Taylor took her own life. Taylor’s family was heartbroken because they had just convinced her to leave Florida, live with them and get help for her drug issues. The family said that she was ashamed of her past and had a long time problem with drugs, and she thought that she’d finally get the help she needed.

I want everyone to know that I’m not condoning what Taylor did and feel horrible for the people who had to work at Dunkin’ Donuts that day, especially the woman who was called all those horrible names. But I think this proves a lesson that we can say things like “How horrible,” and “That’s awful,” without wishing death on someone or harassing them online.

If someone like Taylor uploads something as racist as that to YouTube, then they’ve dug their own grave. We don’t need to do any more “dirty work” for them. Just remember that while what they did was horrible, there’s probably more going on than what we know.

I pray that she’s at peace now, as well as her family. (Also, for the Dunkin’ Donuts employees that day.)

So, what do you think? Let me know in the comments below? Just to be clear once again, I’m not making excuses for the horrible things she said, just providing more context to her story. But, like I said, I want to hear your thoughts. Sound off!

Sources:

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/taylor-chapman-dunkin-donuts-viral-video-856341

https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/dunkin-donuts-ranter-has-mental-issues-6392536

http://mydeathspace.com/article/2015/06/23/Taylor_Chapman_(29)_took_her_own_life_after_she_became_infamous_on_the_internet_for_going_on_a_racist_tirade_against_a_Dunkin__Donuts_employee

 

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