MrBeast, Famed YouTuber, Faces Accusations of Bullying from Delivery Firm Involved in Lawsuit

**YouTuber MrBeast Accused of Bullying Tactics in Burger Delivery Business Lawsuit**

**Donaldson’s Rise to YouTube Stardom**

YouTuber Jimmy Donaldson, famously known as MrBeast, has found immense success on YouTube with his flagship channel, boasting 173 million subscribers. Apart from gaining popularity through videos where he counted to 100,000 and tipped a delivery driver with a house, Donaldson has also established himself as a philanthropist and entrepreneur in the food industry.

**Accusations of Bullying Tactics**

However, the YouTube star now faces accusations of employing bullying tactics in his business ventures. Specifically, he has been sued by a partner firm in his burger delivery business, MrBeast Burger. This legal action has shed light on the strategies Donaldson allegedly uses to get what he wants.

**MrBeast Burger: A Ghost Restaurant Concept**

In 2020, Donaldson launched MrBeast Burger as a ghost restaurant. This concept involves a delivery-only service where menu items are prepared in the kitchens of partnered restaurants. Donaldson joined forces with Virtual Dining Concepts (VDC) to expand the brand across the U.S., and later to markets in Europe and Asia. The business quickly gained traction, with Donaldson announcing on Twitter in July 2021 that he had already made $100 million in revenue from the U.S. operations.

**A Discord Behind the Scenes**

Despite the financial success of MrBeast Burger, Donaldson filed a lawsuit against VDC, a Florida-based company, alleging poor quality food provision. Donaldson seeks permission from a judge to terminate the partnership. In response, VDC has labeled the lawsuit as “meritless” and “riddled with false statements.” The company asserts that Donaldson’s claims will be disproved in court. They accuse him of acting dishonorably and resorting to bullying tactics when VDC refused to give up more of the company to him.

**Quality Control Issues**

Donaldson’s lawsuit claims that VDC compromised on quality as they prioritized rapid expansion. Within three months of the burger brand’s launch, the partners had sold 1 million burgers. By 2022, 1,700 restaurants had signed up to be part of the ghost kitchen chain. However, customers soon started complaining about the quality of the food, leaving negative reviews where they described MrBeast Burger sandwiches as “disgusting,” “revolting,” and “inedible.” Donaldson alleges that his concerns about quality control were ignored by VDC.

**The Battle Unfolds**

Both Donaldson and VDC have yet to respond to Fortune’s request for comment on the matter. Donaldson accuses VDC of not upholding its contractual obligations and seeks to undermine the MrBeast Burger brand. VDC, on the other hand, insists that Donaldson’s lawsuit is without merit and they plan to file claims against him. The company stands firm in the face of Donaldson’s accusations, maintaining that his claims will not hold up in court.

**VDC’s Other Partnerships**

VDC has entered into partnerships with other notable brands, including pop star Mariah Carey and Nascar. It remains to be seen how this legal battle will impact their relationships and the future of MrBeast Burger within the food industry.

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