Krispy Kreme Accidentally Gives Customer $5,000 Box Of Donuts

The manager of a Krispy Kreme in North Carolina protected each day’s haul by hiding it in a donut box. Krispy Kreme just happens to sell donuts by the boxful to its customers, so it’s clear that absolutely nothing could go wrong with this plan.

Oh wait, this happened:

The store manager typically puts the box full of money near the drive through window and then drives her own car around – and picks up the cash-filled doughnut box through the window, WRAL reported.

A clerk who was unfamiliar with the routine passed the money out to a customer at the Bragg Boulevard store, police told WRAL.

So far, nobody has come forward to complain that their box of donuts was inedible.

“NC Krispy Kreme accidentally hands out $5000 to customer” [WBTV] (Thanks to Lauren!)


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  1. idip says:

    Whoops! lol.

  2. qualityleashdog says:

    I would so take that box home, sit it in an out of the way place and wait. I’d wait for them to find me, and if they did, I would act confused, explain that I sat the box down and just never opened it, got distracted. If a suitable amount of time passed and they didn’t find me, I would consider it mine. Sorry, but I could really use the money and I’m sure they’ve got stupidity insurance.
    Besides, what would I get if it were me and I was honest–free donuts for a year? Ha.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      Terribly, I think I’d do the same. As long as I was sure it was corporate money, and not an individual’s desperately-needed money.

      And arguing the incident might get the manager or employee fired is missing the point that they’d probably get fired whether or not the money turned up.

    • Caprica Six says:

      yea, me too. I mean it was a dumb ass move on the manager’s part anyway. Plus, like you said, they have stupidity insurance. I’d love to hear the manager rail on the employee though!

    • Duke_Newcombe-Making children and adults as fat as pigs says:

      Situational ethics FTL. Goodbye sweet America!!!

      • dreamfish says:

        “Son, if you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now quiet! They’re about to announce the lottery numbers.”

        Homer Simpson

      • Sneeje says:

        While I agree with the sentiment, I think it would be disingenuous to claim that only a few bad apples use situational ethics, when in fact everyone does on a regular basis.

        • Conformist138 says:

          Agreed. We have to. The fact is, we just can’t pinpoint enough of the variables at play in every situation to actually have a set list of perfect ethical principles. I’ve been attempting to explain this to my roommate. She fumes that “people are just not as honest as I am” even when the situation was a white lie to protect the feelings of another person. She couldn’t see that, if there are no compelling reasons to hurt mom’s feelings about her cooking, why not just say “Thanks, it’s great.” To her, everything is black and white, truth or lie, end of story. This attitude just doesn’t work in reality- we have to adjust our perspective sometimes.

    • slim150 says:

      when the taco bell story came up i thought of the same plan. i would throw them away and leave it in my “garbage” and then act like i forgot to take it out of the car.. assumed it went bad and just threw it away

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      They would never believe you because honestly, who gets a dozen donuts from Krispy Kreme and forgets them? For most people, a dozen has been reduced to six by the time they get home.

  3. caradrake says:

    You’d think after this happened at another fast food chain just a few months ago, that businesses would learn their lesson!!

    • koalabare says:

      It is pretty common (I’ve heard of it happening a couple times locally) for people to rob the managers on when they are on their way to make deposits. The easiest way to avoid this is to make it look like every other bag leaving the building. Although hopefully they’d hold on to the bag the whole time there is $5000 in it.

  4. Keith is checking the Best Buy receipt of a breastfeeding mother (for tips!) says:

    Didn’t this just happen at a Taco Bell like 2 months ago? I know they want to disguise their drops against a mugging, but don’t you think they’d get some training regarding never setting the disguised deposit down on the line?

    • qualityleashdog says:

      Can’t these managers just ask for a police cruiser to come over, when it arrives, walk out the door with a big bag with a “$” sign on it, drive to the night deposit box in their own car with the police following and be done with it? I’ve never seen any problem with the local police providing these escorts to any local businesses in any towns I’ve lived in.

      • Nekoincardine says:

        My guess is that doing this EVERY SINGLE DAY might grate on the cops a little, even if they’re OK with doing it.

        • qualityleashdog says:

          I think they would be glad to do it. They should do something in exchange for getting all that free food from Taco Bell and nearly every other fast food eatery in town.

        • qualityleashdog says:

          Yeah, but the cops that did the escorts also got tons of free food from these fast food eateries, so they should be glad to provide the escort. They’re out there driving up and down the streets anyhow, why shouldn’t they be able to coordinate with the dropoff? They are WORKING after all.

          • Pax says:

            Police officers in Massachusetts CANNOT accept gifts while on duty. No, not even a free cup of coffee, not a coupon, not even a ONE CENT DISCOUNT. It’s the law. And the reason is to prevent the possible _appearance_ of officers taking bribes.

      • SunnyLea says:

        Multiply that by the number of businesses in a city that do daily drops and I don’t think that’d be feasible. “Sorry, there’s no one to respond to your emergency calls — all officers are escorting money drops.”

      • MrsLopsided says:

        My tax dollars at work.

      • Conformist138 says:

        Um… WHAT? You, my dear friend, and I say this with respect, are a grade-A certified moron. Take a walk with me down this busy street in a retail section of your lovely town. See the dozens of businesses with cash inside? Notice how we’re on just one section of one street?

        I think my point is made. A bank-provided locking deposit bag is what they need. Those are knife-proof and require a key. I used them for years.

  5. Cyniconvention says:

    Admittedly, I am unaware about how a restaurants’ daily profits are dropped off, but how peculiar would it be if someone walked into the bank with a box of KK’s, went to the counter and said “I got the goods, stash ’em in my–I mean, North West End’s Krispy Kreme’s account.”

  6. fourclover54 says:

    I probably would have considered it to be a drug-deal gone stupid if this happened to me. Not sure if I’d report it or not though, unless I thought someone would get hurt if I didn’t.

  7. Hoss says:

    We’ve heard this one before. If they’re trying to scam the insurance company, that won’t work since cash isn’t insured. There’s got to be a motive

    • tbax929 says:

      Cash can absolutely be insured. It’s called “Money & Securities” coverage.

    • qualityleashdog says:

      When the trustee of my trust fund was replaced, the replacement had to be bonded in case she made off with the cash instead of making sure it went where it was supposed to go.

    • brinks says:

      It’s possible for retail stores to insure their deposits in case of theft. At a previous job, we were insured for up to two deposits if they were somehow stolen from the safe. However, since an employee just handed it out the window, I don’t know if it would be covered.

  8. brotheryang says:

    omg i live in NC and eat their a lot. where is my box of cash? i would give it back cause im such a great person but i still want it, oh who am i kidding i could buy stuff with my money donuts

  9. PercussionQueen7 says:

    No one thinks that this sounds like an inside job but me? Come on. The person working there tells their friend that they can come get money just by going through the drive-thru and that it’ll look like an accident.

    • Julia789 says:

      Or the manager took her own “box of money donuts” home and claims a junior staffer misplaced it by accident?

  10. XTREME TOW says:

    “One box of Greenback Delights and 2 large coffee with cream, please.”

  11. Intheknow says:

    Boy, that’s just really really dumb. This is the manager?

  12. bigfog says:

    Unrelated, but hard to feel sympathy for Krispy Kreme on this. Those donut-makin’ jerks came into North Dakota, promptly became the preeminent donut provider for the region, then as quickly as they were here, they were gone. Now, the closest I’ll ever get to their delicious crack-cocaine donuts is if I go to Omaha.

    Sigh. A black day in the history of North Dakota.

    • tbax929 says:

      The same thing happened here in Tucson. They opened a few locations and then closed them all. If it’s of any comfort, ours have all reopened.

    • kmw2 says:

      They tried that in Massachusetts, but their lardball sugarbombs sunk on contact with Dunkin’s proper donuts.

    • El_Fez says:

      You’ve got to be kidding- I had a Krappy Kreme once, and the thing tasted like shit. Give me a Top Pot or Chucks doughnut any day of the week!

      • LadySiren is murdering her kids with HFCS and processed cheese says:

        Seriously. I live in NC (home of KK), and even I don’t like those things. Dunkin’ any day over KKs, thanks. I might, however, change my opinion if they start regularly handing out boxes of Greenback Delights.

      • tbax929 says:

        Wait, you don’t like something that somebody else likes? They must be stupid.

  13. Quake 'n' Shake says:

    So far, nobody has come forward to complain that their box of donuts was inedible.


  14. Hockeypuck says:

    We used to do that with the drivethrough too, only we put the money in a MONEY BAG

  15. jennsters says:

    I live a block away from this Krispy Kreme and eat their all the time! Now I’m upset because I asked my husband to take me their this weekend and he didn’t. This could have been me!

  16. laughingisfree says:

    all the manager has to do is open carry a pistol, no need to hide the money in a donut box.

  17. scurvycapn says:

    It’s too bad someone hasn’t invented some large car protected with some sort of armor that could come by and pick up your company’s money. And then someone could sit in the vehicle to protect it while the other person made the pick-up. I’d call it the Ultra Money Tank. Or maybe just an “armored car”.

    • coren says:

      Go with Ultra Money Tank. It’s the sort of name that really presents an image.

    • Tim says:

      I assume that this Ultra Money Tank of which you speak costs very little to hire. In fact, it likely costs about the same as passing money in a donut box to the manager’s car and having the manager drive it to the bank.

      Because an “armored car” is extremely costly to hire, what with the two armed guards, the super-expensive vehicle. Krispy Kreme franchises cannot afford to hire one on a regular basis without raising their prices a ton.

  18. MrsLopsided says:

    The customer paid cash? No receipts? No cameras?

  19. Razor512 says:

    At a place like that people wont be paying in 20’s or $100 bills, they will be using singles, probably a $10 here and there, a few pennies and other random forms of money.

    Compared to a box of doughnuts, how much do you thing the box of money would weigh?

    it is an inside job.

    also why would the money be kept where workers are working. if you owned a store would you leave all of the money collected through the day in a diaper box next to the checkout area?

    Or suppose you owned a fast food place that sold doughnuts and all of your boxes looked the same, Would you keep the box full of money next to the hundreds of identical boxes of doughnuts?

    • mianne prays her parents outlive the TSA says:

      Evidently it has been a long while since you actually purchased doughnuts. $7-8/dz is typical, And if all you’re buying is a doughnut or two for the road, you’re probably going to fall for the upsell on the Triple-Whipped MochaLattecCino. Either way, it’s a pretty good bet the person taking your order is handing you change for a $10 or a $20 bill.

    • shepd says:

      Actually, it wouldn’t weigh all that much. Having handled large amounts of cash (up to $30k) myself, I can assure you than in $20 bills (what I would normally handle), $5k would fit comfortably in your fist. In pure singles (which is unlikely), it would weigh 5 kg, or about 11 pounds. If we consider, say, $1000 in singles, $1000 in 5s, $1000 in 10s, and $2000 in 20s (way more likely), it would weigh 1.4 kg, or 3 pounds which I think would be quite similar to 1 dozen donuts to an average person (12 x 38g = 456 grams = 1 pound) since people sense weight logarithmically and wouldn’t notice the difference unless they held a 1 pound weight in the other hand. And that’s assuming 1000 singles, which is a lot to have across your tills at the end of the day (and a lot of places would keep the singles in a safe for the next day, I know in Canada we kept loonies and toonies back from the drops, and not just because they were coins…).

  20. buckeyegoose says:

    This is actually taught in training to cut down on robberies. But did he/she have another employee in the car with them? You’re supposed to have co-worker with whoever is going to the bank to watch their back. Easiest hour i was ever paid for, Hey buckeyegoose wanna run to the bank with me? Sir boss. (Have fun suckers doing all that prep work)

  21. Pax says:

    Not returning that box, and the sizeable amount of money in it … is simply unethical behavior. It may be legal, but, it’s still not _right_.

    • fantomesq says:

      It definitely isn’t legal either! At the point that whoever drove away with the box discovered the money in the box, they are required to turn over this “lost” money to either the restaurant or the police. Not doing so is typically deemed theft – grand theft, in this case.

      • JuanHunt says:

        Well maybe not. What if it was 1 extra doughnut? The customer got property they did not pay for, and should be required to return it, just like the money. A charge of theft requires intent, the basis of most of our laws, except for the murder charge from a DUI, an abomination to our Constitution.

        • shepd says:

          That’s why he’d be charged with possession of stolen property, instead, which assumes guilt if you didn’t do due diligence to ensure the source of your transaction was reasonably legitimate. Clearly, a reasonable man would not believe giving someone $10 for $5,000 is a legitimate transaction if there weren’t some other benefits involved (Which, in this case, there aren’t). Or it could be a charge of fraud, which would also be fitting.

          I don’t believe it would be theft, since that would require taking something against someone’s will and keeping it. Krispy Kreme handed him the goods willfully, (but still mistakenly). Of course, IANAL. :D

  22. dg says:

    Ya know what? I have ZERO sympathy for companies that are too cheap to have a 2-key drop safe on premises and armored car pickup for their bank deposits.

    There’s no way in hell that I’d be transporting large sums of cash to deposit in the bank. Too much (like this idiotic situation) can go wrong. And I’m amazed that any insurance company would give them insurance on such a transportation method.

  23. Ilovegnomes says:

    I’m wondering if the follow up article is going to read, “Customer Orders $5,000 Worth of Donuts And Tries To Pay With A Krispy Kreme Box Full Of Cash.”

  24. savashley says:

    ..Did the box not feel heavier than usual?

  25. 8TrackMind says:

    Krispy Kreme only pulls in 5 grand a day? Sheesh, a Tim Hortons out in Bumblefudge Alberta probably pulls that in an hour.

  26. PSUSkier says:

    When will managers learn this is probably the WORST way to protect your funds.

  27. kylere1 says:

    The world never ceases to amuse me.

  28. qualityleashdog says:

    Yes, let’s take a walk down a busy street in broad daylight when they are all open. When those businesses make their deposits during banking hours. When those deposits are made when the sun is up, when muggers are not lurking in the shadows. When there are many other business owners, workers, shoppers at any given point from store to bank to witness the mugging.
    Now let’s take a drive through the fast food district. There’s only one Krispy Kreme in Fayetteville, pull it up on Google Earth. Survey the vast parking lots, dumpsters to hide behind, busy highway to escape on, and it’s a whole different story.
    From Chapter 3.01 from the Fayetteville Police Department’s Policies & Procedures: “The department operates 24-hours a day in order to provide continuous law enforcement services to the community. The department will provide consistent levels of police service when responding to emergency and non-emergency calls for police service, preventative and directed patrols, and criminal and traffic investigation and enforcement.”
    Non-emergency, preventative patrols. Sounds like all Krispy Kreme had to do was call, dispatch would have asked an officer to drive over that way, the manager watches for him, and off they go. They do that in many towns across America. Read the police blotters, they will say something like: “11:18pm escort provided to local business.” I’ve seen it done, read about and worked in places that utilized the local police in such a fashion.
    Knife proof? So what, the mugger doesn’t know that until he has snatched and gone. And he would still destroy it one way or the other before turning it in or leaving it for evidence.

  29. Sparty999 says:

    What a great idea! Store the cash in an ultra secure doughnut box! why even bother taking it to the bank afterward… you could just put it in a trash bag and store it out at the curb with your garbage!

  30. GqhnqCTE says:

    Why can’t the manager put the money in the donut box and then *walk* out to her car with it? Or pull the car to the door first if she didn’t want to walk through the parking lot.

    • BuyerOfGoods3 says:

      Thank you for the citation. My jaw dropped at his ‘cash can’t be insured’ comment. I was about to waste valuable time researching such crap.

  31. DanGarion says:

    I’m sure there are people on here that think it’s perfectly fine not to return the money.

  32. italianbaby says:

    has this manager ever heard of a safe?

    • Pax says:

      How many big, secure safes do you know can be picked up and carried to the bank in order to deposit that money?

      Themanager was trying to do just that: take the day’s receipts to the bank, and make a deposit.