Data Scientist’s ‘Free Food’ Video leads to Firing

An Indian data scientist based in Canada was fired after a video of him explaining how he gets “free food” went viral.

Data Scientist's 'Free Food' Video leads to Firing f

"some people don't have any shame."

A data scientist explained how he gets “free food”, however, it resulted in him losing his job.

Originally from India, Mehul Prajapati worked at Canada’s TD Bank.

In the video, Mehul said he “saves hundreds of bucks” every month in food and groceries.

He revealed that he gets his shopping for “free” from food banks established at colleges and universities by non-profit organisations, trusts and churches.

Mehul also showed his groceries for the week, which included fruit, vegetables, bread, sauces, pasta and canned vegetables.

Mehul initially shared the video on Instagram but it soon made its way onto X, with many accusing him of exploiting food banks that are intended to be for the less fortunate.

One user shared the video and criticised Mehul:

“This guy has a job as a bank data scientist for @TD_Canada, a position that averages $98,000 per year, and proudly uploaded this video showing how much ‘free food’ he gets from charity food banks.”

In a separate tweet, the user added:

“Food banks are often walk-in. I used to regularly volunteer at my local food bank.

“People just come in and take what they need when the bank is open.

“Up until now, shame has been a guardrail for abuse.

“People won’t come and stand in line unless they genuinely need the help. But some people don’t have any shame.”

Another said: “Imagine stealing from charity meant for those in desperate need.”

One comment read: “Isn’t this some form of felony?? Surely it shouldn’t be legal to access food assistance if you are proven to be paid enough to feed yourself.”

A user added:

“His handy tip is he goes to the FOOD BANK to save himself a few bucks every month??”

“Does he think it’s the free food goodwill store? He doesn’t even know to be embarrassed!”

Following the backlash, the user shared an update that Mehul was fired from TD Bank.

A screenshot from the company read:

“Thank you for bringing the video to our attention. The alleged actions and messages captured in the video to not align with our TD values or culture of care.

“I can confirm that the individual named in the video no longer works at TD.”

After the data scientist’s dismissal, some offered their support.

One comment read: “Ah, this is sad. He made a mistake, but what is he going to do now that he’s jobless?

“He probably needs this work for immigration, too. Rather shame someone than shame and unnecessary job loss.”

Dhiren is a News & Content Editor who loves all things football. He also has a passion for gaming and watching films. His motto is to "Live life one day at a time".

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