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Irish Utterly Lose Their Minds Over ... Krispy Kreme

Dublin 24-hour drive-thru shuts down after one week due to chaos
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2018 8:56 AM CDT
Updated Oct 7, 2018 7:17 AM CDT
This photo taken Aug. 11, 2017, shows a Krispy Kreme sign in Miami.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

(Newser) – Honking horns, bumper-to-bumper traffic, and tempers converged upon the Irish capital of Dublin over the past seven days—and it was all due to tasty fried dough. Mashable reports that the Sept. 26 grand opening of the city's first 24-hour Krispy Kreme drive-thru quickly resulted in long lines of sugar-seeking Irish (the Irish Post has video). Per the Irish Independent, the commotion went on deep into the night, irritating nearby residents. "Since the grand opening, we haven't had proper sleep at night," one local says. "We have jobs, kids, schools, and so many elderly people living here as well."

It was so chaotic, per Global News, that one man videotaped cars that he says mistakenly waited for an hour in a second line that led straight to ... a fence. And so the doughnut chain—which the Irish Times notes had 300 people lined up outside when the doors opened on its first day in Dublin—has been forced to tweak things. "We've listened to our neighbors and we're making changes," Krispy Kreme UK CEO Richard Cheshire said in a statement, per the Independent. The main adjustment: shutting down the drive-thru each night at 11:30 and reopening at 6am. The store itself will remain open for walk-ins around the clock, with the wait time inside estimated to run around 10 minutes. (Read more Krispy Kreme stories.)

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