- Krispy Kreme donates 500 dozen donuts to Jayson Gonzalez, 21, after learning that he would cross state lines to resell his product.
- Minnesota has no Krispy Kreme stores, so Gonzalez of Champlin, Minnesota, would run 270 miles to a Krispy Kreme store in Clive, Iowa, every weekend and buy up to 100 boxes to sell in his hometown.
- When Krispy Kreme first learned about his business, they asked him to stop, citing concerns about "product quality and regulatory compliance."
- Now the company says it will allow Gonzalez to work "as an independent operator", he can use the business to pay down student debt.
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Krispy Kreme gives a college student 500 boxes of donuts after first asking him to stop selling his product.
Jayson Gonzalez, 21
Gonzales said he would charge $ 17 to $ 20 per box when the boxes usually sell for around $ 10. He stopped when he received a phone call from Krispy Kreme's Nebraska office, asking him to stop after St Paul Pioneer Press reported on its cash program.
But Krispy Kreme has apparently changed his mind and is now urging Gonzalez to continue his business venture, according to a statement to Business Insider.
Krispy Kreme Donut Corporation said that when they reached out to Gonzalez, they learned that he hoped to upgrade Metropolitan State University in St. Paul in 2021 completely debt free, and to put money earned from donuts toward it.
Krispy Kreme praised the accounting student's "entrepreneurial spirit" and it wants to help him reach his goals. The first step is to donate 500 dozen donuts to their cause.
The company said it had originally asked Gonzalez to stop selling its donuts because it wanted to "ensure product quality and regulatory compliance to protect both Jayson and Krispy Kreme."
"Our main concern is that donuts Jayson sells maintain our high product quality standards, given the distance and the way he transports and distributes them," the company said. "So we're excited to be working with Jayson as an independent operator to ensure consistent delivery of our high-quality donuts to Minnesota fans. We wish Jayson great success, and we're excited to help him achieve that by donating 500 dozen donuts when he restarts his business. "