Pizza shop employee shares genius hack to get free pizza

A pizzeria employee went viral after sharing how he stole a slice of pizza from a customer without them noticing. Read on for the hack!

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An employee of a pizzeria. He shares a free pizza hack
Source: TikTok/@pizzajayryan

Yes I would Love A free pizza as much as the next person, but that doesn’t mean I want to steal someone else’s pizza! For those who don’t know, there are many “genius” free food hacks in the world that are borderline illegal, including this one that I’m about to discuss with you.

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On November 9, 2023, pizza shop employee and TikTok user Pizza Jay Ryan (@pizzajayryan) told how he stole a slice of a customer’s pizza without them noticing that a slice was missing.

Read on to learn more about the hack and stick around to hear what social media has to say about it.

A hungry child grabs a slice of pizza.
Source: Getty Images

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This pizza employee’s “free pizza” hack is dividing social media.

At the beginning of the video, the person behind the TikTok account pulled a pizza out of the oven. As the employee placed the fresh pie in a delivery box, he grabbed a pizza cutter and cut the pizza in half twice, revealing a fairly large slice.

From there, the worker threw two remaining pieces of pizza into the box and made a smaller pizza. Then he cut the smaller portion into eight small slices. At the end, he held up the centerpiece and declared it his “dinner.”

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OK, I’m impressed – but it almost feels illegal to know about this “hack”. This customer spent his hard-earned money on the pizza (and a tip) and it’s unfortunate that he didn’t receive the entire meal. But then again, the employee is the one who prepared the food, so some people might argue that they were “allowed” to eat a piece of it.

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TikTok users were completely stunned by this “free pizza” hack.

The viral video has been viewed more than 3 million times as of this writing. It also received over 2,200 comments from other TikTokers who agreed that they no longer trust their local pizzerias.

“I don’t want mine cut off now,” one person said alongside a crying, laughing emoji.

A second user agreed, writing: “From now on I’m going to make sure I tell them not to do it.”

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“I do not trust [my] Buy pizza now,” shared a third TikToker.

A fourth person replied: “Now I have to find an honest pizza place.”

“This is mad at y’all,” said another TikTok user, while another hilariously commented, “This isn’t even my pizza and I feel hurt.” Yes, I feel the same way.

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Despite the negative response, Pizza Jay Ryan received some support. In fact, some viewers stood up for him and his free pizza hack.

“I get it though,” one user explained in the comments section. “My husband runs a pizzeria and they are so busy they don’t have time to eat.”

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Another person replied: “I used to work at a pizza place; most likely the pizza maker accidentally made an 18-inch pizza instead of a 16-inch one. Nobody gets cheated.”

“All the [people] I pressed in the comments like you still can’t get a great pizza [with eight] Slices,” someone else pointed out.

What do you think? Has this “free pizza” hack gone too far? Let us know!

Olly Dawes

Olly Dawes is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Olly Dawes joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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