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A ‘Sad’ Dad’s Doughnut Shop Sells Out of Sweets After Son’s Viral Tweet

Billy’s Donuts in Missouri City was flooded with visitors after a tweet plea

Amy McCarthy is a staff writer at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

When his father’s newly-opened doughnut shop wasn’t seeing much foot traffic, Billy By took to Twitter to ask people to visit Billy’s Donuts in Missouri City, and the tweet went viral.

After that tweet, the shop at 7022 Highway 6 in Missouri City was swarmed with visitors. “We completely sold out of donuts and kolaches!,” Billy By posted to his Twitter account on Sunday. “You are all amazing. I can’t thank everyone enough for coming out and supporting local businesses. This means so much to my family.” Just two days after By first posted his father’s brightly-colored doughnut destination, the tweet has already racked up more than 250,000 retweets and over half a million likes.

Even celebrities tweeted their support of By and his father’s doughnut shop, including actor Ryan Phillippe. Other Twitter users shared photos of the lengthy lines, or raved about the boudin kolaches at Billy’s Donuts. Scope out photos of the chaos from over the weekend below:

If anything, this story is proof that social media isn’t always terrible.