Bees filled a Texas trash can with unopened boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts

Bees swarmed a trash can filled to the brim with unopened boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts in Texas.

A clip on Reddit shows a garbage can filled to the brim with confections that echo the buzzing sound of insects.

The video was shared on the site’s Interesting As F*** forum on Wednesday, where it has garnered more than 18,000 upvotes.

It was originally posted on Reddit’s Beekeeping forum earlier that day by u/meltedwhisky, aka Matt, who wrote: “Trash bin full of Krispy Kreme ~ I had to stop and open the boxes for them.”

A trash can full of Krispy Kreme donuts. Bees were gathering in a giant garbage can in San Antonio, Texas.
u/melted whiskey

Matt said Newsweek He is a third generation beekeeper living in San Antonio. He said: “While driving, I subconsciously look for clouds of black bees to catch.

“It caught my attention a few days ago, but instead of a swarm, it was bees peeling sugar.

“Now that it is fall and the flower source is scarce, the bees are stripping to provide the hive for the winter.

“Also, we’ve had the driest summer on record, so there’s never been a solid source of honey for the bees.”

The clip features multiple donut flavors with original glaze, chocolate frosting and even some with sprinkles thrown in. Matt confirmed that the blue 20-yard bin was full of expired cans of donuts.

He added: “The bees were trying to get in to rob, so I spent half an hour and opened about 100 boxes to clear the bees.”

A trash can full of Krispy Kreme donuts.
A trash can full of Krispy Kreme donuts. A beekeeper opened the boxes so that the bees could celebrate.
u/Meltedwhisky

The sight drew mixed reactions, with some sharing their fear of coming face-to-face with a herd, while others criticized it for disposing of large amounts of food.

“At the end of the day, what’s the point of not letting employees or other people take the leftovers home? It’s all thrown away anyway,” Maximans asked.

StenosP wrote: “We don’t know why they throw away, and given that good food is routinely thrown away, it’s possible they were made from a bad batch of dough or unclean equipment.

ElectronicTank4239 said: “Corporations would go to excruciating lengths to give nothing to the homeless.”

Pangalaticgargler wrote: “Generally, when you’re throwing away because of contamination, you want to label the product so people don’t soak it in water. It’s not a legal requirement, but most food places I’ve worked at have to bag and label all those donuts.”

LegallyNotInterested commented: “That’s it. The video only shows the end result, but we have no idea why they actually got rid of it and it could be a health issue. It’s hard to watch for me though.”

The following chart provided by Statista shows bee populations.

Infographic: Who Released the Bees?  |  Statistics You can find more infographics at Statista

Several Redditors pointed to existing legislation to protect businesses willing to donate food.

In 1996, the Bill Emerson Food Donation Act was introduced, which established federal immunity from civil or criminal liability for the “donation and distribution of food and foodstuffs to those in need” as long as certain criteria were met.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, this includes food and packaging that meet “all quality and labeling standards imposed by federal, state and local laws.”

As long as it meets these conditions, it is accepted that “the product may not be readily marketable due to appearance, age, freshness, variety, size, excess or other conditions.”

Krispy Kreme says on its website that it partners with animal food programs that deal with waste.

It says: “In 2020, we sent six million pounds of food waste from our US operations to pig farms for use as animal feed and 100% of our food waste in the UK to farms for use in animal feed or anaerobic digestion plants.”

Dumpster diving has gained attention in recent years with people rescuing food, furniture, gadgets and cosmetics from the trash.

Various social media accounts have sprung up with people documenting their hauls and the money they save by hunting down junk from well-known brands.

Foodwastestudies.com, the International Food Loss and Food Waste Research Group, noted the rise of freeganism, also known as freegans, saying: “With so many supermarkets throwing away food at the end of each working day and the ever-shrinking labor market. It’s no wonder why some people they are trying to find alternative means of livelihood.”

But there are pitfalls, including the legality of dumpster diving, a gray area, and health and safety risks.

“Another problem freegans face is health problems,” he said, adding: “There’s always the risk of food poisoning.”

Newsweek Krispy Kreme has been contacted for further comment.

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