Friday, March 19, 2010

Step Away From the Doughnuts

Lots of convenience stores sell fresh doughnuts every day. Usually these are delivered in the middle of the night to stores so that they can have fresh ones for the morning customers.

This is great, if you like doughnuts. However, there is only one good time to get those doughnuts. After that, you don't want to have anything to do with them.

My advice? Only buy those fresh doughnuts if you work early in the morning. I get to work at 6am. The doughnuts are usually delivered sometime around 4am. So I can't vouch what has happened to them by the time I get there 2 hours later, but I can tell you what I observe.

Usually around 6:30am we get our first morning rush. These people are usually okay, because they are often too tired to eat and just want their coffee. The doughnuts are not usually touched at this time.

Our 7am customers are a little more awake and are looking for some food before getting to the office.

They will then spot the doughnut case.

It is then that I see, during this morning rush, doughnuts picked up, inspected, then put back down.

I will see people pick up a doughnut, decide they don't want it and put it back down, then lick the frosting or glaze off their fingers and then go pick up another one. Usually they take that one, but I've seen people put that one back too and continue to pick up various doughnuts with their recently licked fingers.

I've seen people poke doughnuts to see how soft they are and then grab another one that they didn't just touch.

I've seen people cough and sneeze all over the doughnuts in the case.

I've even seen people drop a doughnut on the floor, pick it up and then put it back in the case. (That is when I step in, pull it out of the doughnut case and make them pay for it).

I am very observant. And 99% of the time I will never buy a fresh doughnut past 7am.

Conclusion: You only have a half hour window in which to get fresh, untouched, unsneezed, unlicked and undropped doughnuts: 6:30am - 7am. If it's after that time, you'd be better off eating from a garbage can.

14 comments:

  1. Hi from the Lady Bloggers!

    Ick. Luckily I am not a donut fan in the first place, but when I buy them it is usually from a place where the only person touching the donuts are the person working the counter.

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  2. I may never eat another donut again. (My tastebuds curse you, but my hips thank you!)

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  3. I wish I could say I was surprised. Keep up the good investigating!

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  4. I pretty much never go for doughnuts in a case where people can put their paws all over them. Only doughnuts kept away from customers for me, thanks!

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  5. Hello from the Tea Party over at Lady Bloggers! Your blog attracted me because I've been a cashier many times . . .wait, I'm still a cashier one day a week. Woe is we.

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  6. And so goes the last time I ever buy a doughnut from a convenience store. Or at least uncovered ones. Bleck!

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  7. Here from the Lady Bloggers - not sure I will ever buy anything again that is open to "public touching." Yikes!

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  8. Hi! visiting from the Lady Bloggers tea party. WOW. Who knew? So what you're saying is, after 7, get the pre-boxed donuts. :) Great blog, I'll definitely be back.

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  9. I may never eat a donut again... ever...

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  10. Ick! Licked doughnuts don't sound yummy. Stopping from SITS!

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  11. That's disgusting. I assumed everyone had the same doughnut etiquette but obviously Emily Post didn't cover that one.

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  12. lol ewwww gross! BTW I love your blog! Hilarious =D

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  13. I've bought doughnuts in the afternoon. Mmmm delicious..

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  14. Why not have tongs?

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