Once upon a time they were free…
Krispy Kreme was a kindly company that treated your kids to a hot-off-the-assembly-line fresh, hot, free doughnut. You didn’t even have to ask or buy anything, just happen by when doughnuts were being made and let the good times roll.
Then somewhere along the line – the economy hit the skids and Krispy Kremes were dropping like flies all around the country – and corporate went Grinch.
No more free doughnuts.
That’s what they told my kids a year or more back and it kinda took a lot of the fun out of going there with the family. Combined with the fact that Krispy Kreme doughnuts are not exactly a healthy treat and my daughters were getting older, it made it easy not to stop by anymore.
However, with a sleepover in the works this weekend, I hit Krispy Kreme in Merriam on Shawnee Mission Parkway Friday afternoon and picked up a dozen to go, when…
“Would you like your free one,” the manager asked.
“Yeah, we’re doing it again,” he told me. “When you see the “hot now” light on in the front window, that’s when you know we’re making fresh doughnuts and you can come in and get a free one. All of the Kansas City Krispy Kremes are doing it again.”
Turns out, local Krispy Kreme managers were none too happy about corporate pulling the plug on the freebies, the manager said.
“A lot of us were upset when they stopped and we told the company they should start giving them away again,” he said.
Understand however that Krispy Kreme’s freebie policy is not nationwide, it depends on where you live, he said.
Can you imagine the grifters that might descend on a Krispy Kreme say in New York City?
Once again, here’s how the game is played:
When you drive by a Krispy Kreme store, look to see whether the neon “Hot Now” sign is lighted.
“That means we’re making the doughnuts and you can only get the free doughnut when the hot light is on,” the manager said. “You can look for the light, or we’ve got an app you can put on your phone to tell you when you’re making them.”