For anyone that has ever tried Krispy Kreme doughnuts knows that they are one-of-a-kind. The quality-made doughnuts are a staple in certain states as hundreds of customers pour into their stores every morning when the “hot light” is on. One college student found an ingenious way of paying his way through college.
In 2008, the last Krispy Kreme in Minnesota closed its doors, the Pioneer Press reported. Jayson Gonzalez, a 21-year-old college student at Metropolitan State University, came up with a great way to give those yearning for an iconic doughnut just what they want while paying off his debt from school.
Gonzalez knew there was a large demand for those in Minnesota who still wished there was a Krispy Kreme in the area. Just then, an idea popped in his head. He could drive to Iowa, which is normally a four-hour drive, buy a bunch of doughnuts and resell them.
Not wanting to drive all the way there only for people not to buy any, Gonzalez created a Facebook page where he would take people’s orders. A box of 12 doughnuts is around $10, according to their website.
With over 5,000 members in the Facebook group, he would upsell the doughnuts for around $18 to pay for his gas and his time.
Every morning at 2 a.m., Gonzalez would wake up and head to the Krispy Kreme, ordering about 100 boxes at a time as he could only fit that many in his Ford Focus.
Once he had everything loaded, he would comment on his Facebook page for pick-up areas such as a Target parking lot where hungry buyers can claim their baked-to-perfection prize, CNN reported.
Gonzalez made the long run over 20 times, but he alerted his buyers that he had been contacted by Krispy Kreme to “shut down operations.”
A few days passed and Krispy Kreme must have noticed the support the college student was receiving and decided to reevaluate their relationship with him.
“Today, we reached out to Jayson to express our appreciation for his love of Krispy Kreme and admiration for his entrepreneurial spirit,” a spokeswoman told CNN. “We are going to help him achieve his goals, which include being debt-free when he graduates in 2021, in part by selling Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.”
The spokeswoman added: “We wish Jayson great success and we’re thrilled to help him achieve it by donating 500 dozen doughnuts when he re-starts his business.”