How Christmas Donuts Changed the World

excerpted from “The Christmas Donut Revolution” by Gregg Sapp

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7 min readDec 23, 2023

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The Christmas Donut Revolution/ Gregg Sapp — art by Kabir Shah

6:10 AM December 19th at the Drip ’n’ Donuts shop, north side of Columbus OH

Huck (aka, “Hyung-ki”) objected to several things about wearing his Drip ’n’ Donuts nametag. First, as a matter of principle, he disapproved of wearing any trademarked corporate logo or brand name. Not even images that were familiar or fondly regarded — like those for bars, beers, cartoon characters, sports teams, rock bands, superheroes, or Brutus Buckeye — were free from the taint of moneyed sponsorship. Huck’s antipathy to anything commercial included the Drip ’n’ Donuts logo — one D dripping onto a second D, lying on its back — despite his being required to wear its matching cap, shirt, and nametag as a condition of his job.

Second, as he’d explained to his boss, Ms. Johar, numerous times, he did not feel that it was fair or appropriate for front line employees to surrender their identities by displaying nametags on their chests, while managers were not required to similarly reveal themselves. His appeals failed to move her.

Third, even though his given name was, in fact, Hyun-ki, as shown on his nametag, he was born and bred in rural Knox County Ohio, the corn-fed son of a farmer, and nobody had ever called him that, not…

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Gregg Sapp, an expatriate Ohioan, is an award winning author of the “Holidazed” satires, each of which is set in Ohio and centered around a different holiday.