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24 hour drive-thru a hit with doughnut lovers, but not local residents

Tim Nelson
Updated: October 04, 2018

Krispy Kreme is a magical place that pumps out the platonic ideal of the glazed doughnut. When that sign lights up to indicate fresh doughnuts are ready, there are few better places to be on the planet. Don’t tell that to the frazzled neighbors of Ireland’s first Krispy Kreme, though.

According to the Irish Independent, the brand-new location in the Dublin suburb of Blanchardstown has proven so popular in its first week that it’s thrown the entire community into disarray. The location’s 24-hour drive-thru has been routinely overflowing with cars at all hours of the night, with residents complaining of frequent honking as late as two in the morning.

The noise pollution and congestion caused by motorists in a hurry to get their grubby mits on some late-night doughnuts has tormented tired locals to no end. “Since the grand opening we haven’t had proper sleep,” an area resident told the Independent. “Every night the queue for doughnuts is unbelievable—lights, noises, pollution and horns. All streets blocked and all cars honking at once. All night, every night.”

After a week of noise and sticky-fingered chaos, Krispy Kreme caved to popular pressure and decided to curb Blanchardstown’s drive-thru hours. CEO Richard Cheshire announced that motorists can pull up and get doughnuts between the hours of 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Those willing to get out of their cars can still enjoy 24 hour access to donuts inside the store, which involves a wait time that Krispy Kreme estimated to be 10-12 minutes.

"We anticipated a warm welcome for Krispy Kreme in Ireland and have long wanted to open a store here, but the response has been way ahead of our most optimistic expectations,” Cheshire said in a statement quoted by the Independent. “We are saying to our neighbors, we’ve listened and we’re making changes immediately."

Thus ends the story (for now) of the doughnut shop that terrorized an Irish neighborhood for a week. Everyone probably would’ve been better off if Irish doughnut lovers could’ve just gotten their food via drone, but as far as we know it’s not in the works yet.  

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