ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – An enterprising college student in Minnesota who drove to Iowa every weekend to buy hundreds of Krispy Kreme donuts that he then sold to his own Twin Cities area customers has been warned by the pastry giant to stop.  There have been no Krispy Kreme stores in Minnesota in 11 years.
Jayson Gonzalez, 21, of Champlin, Minnesota, would drive 470 miles to a Krispy Kreme store in Clive, Iowa, packing his car with up to 100 boxes, each with 12 donuts, and then driving back north to deliver them to customers in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
He charged $ 17 to $ 20 per box. He said some of their customers spent almost $ 100 each time. Gonzalez said he did not receive a discount from the Iowa store where he bought donuts.
But less than a week after the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported on his cash program, Gonzalez received a phone call from Krispy Kreme's Nebraska office asking him to stop. The senior manager studying accounting at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul said he was told that his sale created a responsibility for the North Carolina-based company.
In a statement Sunday night, Krispy Kreme said it was looking into the matter.
"We appreciate Jayson's passion for Krispy Kreme and his entrepreneurial spirit as he continues his education," the statement states.
Gonzalez, also known as "The Donut Guy", would have made his 20th run to Iowa on Saturday. He told his Facebook followers on Thursday that he has been told he must shut down the operation.
"Life happens, and it may be a sign that something else it meant to be," Gonzalez said.
Update: After the publication of this story by the Associated Press, Gonzalez posted a message on Facebook.