Woodbridge, Va. - One peanut butter-lover in Prince William County has been granted a lifetime supply of peanut butter from grocery store Lidl -- but now he's using his good fortunate to give back to others.
Bean is a 15-year-old boy with autism who lives in Woodbridge and he loves peanut butter. He eats a peanut butter sandwich three times a day. In fact, he went through 72 jars in just eight months.
Dear @LidlUS— Philosopher Bean (@BeanPhilosopher) October 16, 2018
My name is Bean. I eat peanut butter and jelly English muffins for three meals a day.
Back in February, my mom bought 72 jars of your peanut butter when it was on sale for 78 cents a jar. I numbered each jar. pic.twitter.com/u4wBgH8rzm
Lidl heard about Bean and wanted to give him a boost for being such a great customer.
They gave him an additional 72 jars of peanut butter to replenish his supply.
But then, they challenged him to get 72,000 retweets in exchange for a lifetime supply of peanut butter.
But then, Monica Lewinsky retweeted Bean, as well as author Neil Gaiman, and the tweet exploded and reached 76,000 retweets. So Bean got his peanut butter!
Congrats Bean! We’re over the moon that you reached your goal 💪 The Lidl elves have just received a fresh shipment with your name on it! Could you stop by our warehouse tomorrow for a special pick of #LidlBeanutButter? @dandelionmama pic.twitter.com/s2WrCTcay3— LidlUS (@LidlUS) January 20, 2019
But then, in a twist Bean decided to pay his good fortune forward.
The government shutdown has left many people without pay – including Bean’s dad. In the spirit of giving, Bean decided to give away five years worth of his peanut butter to furloughed employees.
The drive will take place at Lidl’s Dumfries warehouse on Jan. 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
.@BeanPhilosopher to the rescue! Furloughed workers in need of a helping hand can stop by Lidl Dumfries on Wednesday 4-7pm EST. @BeanPhilosopher @dandelionmama & our team will be donating up to 3 jars of #LidlBeanutButter per furloughed worker with valid Gov ID, while stocks last pic.twitter.com/9Df7sj2t4i— LidlUS (@LidlUS) January 21, 2019
Workers are instructed to bring their federal IDs and are allowed up to three jars per person.
The movement has also raised lots of awareness about Autism due to Bean’s bright clothing and diet.
🔥He did it, folks!! Thanks to every last one of you who lined up to support this amazing kid, and a very special thanks to all the people with autism who shared their stories and raised their voices in solidarity. What a day! #LidlBeanutbutter #Autismhttps://t.co/k1lCTSKHBf— Tracy M (@dandelionmama) January 12, 2019
Bean will return to the Dumfries Lidl location to give out peanut butter on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
All of the local Lidl stores are offering specials for furloughed workers this weekend - for each $40 spent, they'll take off $10.