On Monday March 22nd, Krispy Kreme put out a press release informing the public that anyone who gets vaccinated will get a free donut every single day for the rest of the year from participating locations.
They also offered to give out free donuts to vaccination centers to those working to administer the vaccine. While the news was welcomed by many people, and surely thousands will take up the offer, the idea of eating a donut daily seems contrary to many people’s perspective on what health is, especially since we are dealing with a health issue. When it comes to Covid-19, studies have already shown that obesity puts people at a higher risk of dying if they get infected with the virus.
Many people who are skeptical about taking such an experimental vaccine mocked Krispy Kreme’s initiative, but Ian Smith, the owner of Atilis Gym in New Jersey, actually made a counter offer.
Smith has been on the spotlight multiple times during the pandemic, given his refusal to comply with the draconian New Jersey lockdowns, and has kept his gym open despite multiple attempts to close it down, and governmental attacks on his business and finances.
Yesterday afternoon, Smith took to twitter and wrote “In light of @krispykreme giving free donuts for receiving the CVD shot, here at @TheAtilisGym we are giving out free memberships to anyone that doesn’t get vaccinated. We believe in health – the real way – exercise, good diet, plenty of vitamin D, Zinc, and an environment to destress.”
Since the gym owner managed to gain national notoriety last year for his lockdown defiance, his tweet is getting plenty of attention as well. Some users accused him of doing this to gain more attention while others congratulated his initiative and wished they were close to the gym to join.
One thing is certain, the vaccine issue will continue growing controversy, and those who choose a more holistic approach to health will most certainly not be the group bribed by free donuts. Perhaps the proposal by Smith will inspire other health and fitness influencers to offer similar incentives.