City Desk

Doughnuts Dumped in Dupont Circle

This morning in the park surrounding the Dupont Circle fountain flocks of pigeons and other winged creatures seemed to be very interested in a pile of fleshy-looking stuff in the grass. This appeared to be gross. From my spot on a bench, I couldn't figure out what it was the birds were munching on. This appeared to need a closer inspection.

There in the grass: a ginormous pile of authentic (to my eye) glazed Krispy Kremes, some of them sprinkled and frosted, their frosted parts sticking together in a congealed mass.

Birds everywhere where flying to and from with hunks of glazed doughnuts in their beaks. Squirrels scampered off with sticky bits of dough in their jaws. How could this happen? Is Krispy Kreme dumping their unwanted goods in the middle of Dupont Circle?

"We dump them in the trash right outside our door," says Mercedes, a manager at the Krispy Kreme just off the circle at 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW. "People come after we're closed and take them sometimes." The store/bakery is not allowed to donate their extras, she says, so they dump what they can't sell. Whatever happens from there is not their responsibility. So, take note: If you want some old Krispy Kremes before the pigeons get to them, hang out at the trash around 11 p.m. Consider this yet one more service provided to you by City Desk.

(photo by pohacco20)

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  • Chris

    So tell us, Krispy Kreme corporate types: why is the store prohibited from donating unsold doughnuts at the end of the day?

  • Tasha

    Good question. It must be a corporate policy, because I thought that hotels and such could donate extra unserved food to the DC Central Kitchen. Why not the doughnuts too?

  • Jule Banville

    Well, in KK's defense, do we really want them, as a point of charity, to feed the poor and hungry gooey, stale, fat-laden, HFCS-infused old doughnuts? Do our indigent not deserve better?

  • Heather

    Similarly, my husband used to witness a hot dog vendor regularly dump all his unused hot dog buns in that grassy area where the Dupont Farmer's Market takes place every Sunday. The truly nasty part was the pack of rats that gorged themselves silly on all those buns. And we wonder why we have such rodent problems in this city. Yuck.

  • al gonzales

    Obviously Jule Banville has never been hungry. Doughnuts are food, after all. & why should poor people be banned from eating doughnuts?

  • creativemeat

    Jule has a point Al. It makes sense for the same reason I'm against donating clothes we intend to throw away. Who are we to think that clothes that are meant for the dumpster are clothes good enough for poor people.

  • al gonzales

    Have you ever been poor?
    I know you both mean well, & have good intentions, but poor people need food & like food, almost any food [except for the peanut butter that you have to stir, i.e., the healthful stuff], & poor people need clothes.
    Any old jacket is better than no jacket. Clothing that should be put in a dumpster is recycled as rags by most organizations.
    If poor people ate only gourmet foods & wore only Armani, well - they wouldn't be poor.

  • http://www.parkplacestores.com/ Hussey

    Birds everywhere where flying to and from with hunks of glazed doughnuts in their beaks. Squirrels scampered off with sticky bits of dough in their jaws. How could this happen? Is Krispy Kreme dumping their unwanted goods in the middle of Dupont Circle?

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