A man’s viral tweet about his dad’s newly-opened donut shop has become a prime example of the positive power of social media.

“Billy’s Donuts” enjoyed its grand opening in Missouri City, Texas on Thursday. The owners had named the store after their son, Billy By, and they were excited to start slinging pastries.

But after a few days of running the little business, Billy’s dad was heartbroken by the lack of customers.

Billy then snapped a photo of his sad dad behind the shop counter and posted it to Twitter along with the address in hopes that it would spur sympathetic followers to stop by for a snack.

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When Billy first made the post, “Billy’s Donuts” reportedly had 71 followers on Instagram; now, it has over 59,000.

Within days of posting the heart-wrenching photos, the post has racked up over a quarter-million retweets from social media users eager to cheer up Billy’s dad.


According to KPRC, dozens of people were crammed inside the store over the weekend, all of whom were enjoying pastries, donuts, sodas, and sweets.

The store even received several celebrity shoutouts from Twitter, YouTube star Casey Neistat, and actor James Woods.



On Sunday, Billy posted a photo of himself and his beaming father to Twitter announcing that they had sold out of donuts before they even closed at 1PM.

“Just wanted to update y’all! We completely sold out of donuts and kolaches!” wrote Billy. “You are all amazing. I can’t thank everyone enough for coming out and supporting local businesses. This means so much to my family.”


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