Police shut down Krispy Kreme drive thru after graduation special causes 3-block traffic jam

A special offering free doughnuts to graduating seniors Tuesday morning turned into a traffic jam at the Long Beach Krispy Kreme, forcing police to intervene.

Officers arrived at the doughnut shop at about 11:50 a.m. to sort out a traffic dispute in the 4700 block of Los Coyotes Diagonal, officer Ivan Garcia said. They saw the drive-thru line to Krispy Kreme was more than three blocks long and impacting traffic.

“Officers closed the drive-through but allowed the customers to make orders online and walk up to the business,” Garcia said. 

Once Krispy Kreme ran out of doughnuts and handed out all their coupons, they closed on their own, he said.

Seniors had to wear their cap, gown, class ring, class shirt or any class of 2020 apparel to get a dozen free doughnuts.

Krispy Kreme noted on its website that announced the special: “We prepared for a really big day, but your enthusiasm and love has resulted in some of our shops running out of the Graduate Dozen, so we are offering a dozen of our iconic Original Glazed doughnuts in its place. We hope this does not disappoint you, and we appreciate your patience as our team members work hard to deliver joy to your Class of 2020!”

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.