Mmmm, doughnuts

Liam S

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Saw this at Yahoo! News
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/2001...copter_dc.html
ALBUQUERQUE (Reuters) - An Albuquerque policeman and his pilot face disciplinary measures after using a police helicopter this week to swoop in for a midnight snack of doughnuts, officials said on Friday.
The officer and the civilian pilot were on night patrol over the city in a Kiowa OH-58 helicopter when they landed in a vacant lot next to a Krispy Kreme doughnut store around 1 a.m. on Thursday morning.
"The contracted pilot and a police officer landed the copter early in the morning, ran in and grabbed a dozen, came back out and took off," Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Brian McCutcheon said.
"I don't know whose brain child it was, but it's quite an ugly child," he said.
McCutcheon said the event was being investigated as a possible misuse of city funds as well as for safety reasons, although he added there was no specific protocol for this case because it had ever happened before.
"We've been given no reasonable excuse as to why they would even think they could do this. But there could be some very serious ramifications," he said.
An eyewitness told the Albuquerque Journal that he saw the APD helicopter circle the Krispy Kreme and land in a nearby dirt field.
"I was angry, and I'm still kind of angry. That's my tax dollars, your tax dollars. You've got no business flying in to get doughnuts," said Keith Turner, who works nearby and was taking a smoke break when he saw the chopper swoop in.
The cost to the department of running a Kiowa, including fuel and maintenance, is $80 an hour, McCutcheon said.
A Krispy Kreme employee who asked not to be identified said he didn't see why people were making a big deal of the unusual doughnut run.
"Cops got to eat, too," he said.
 

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Reminds of what happened in my town years ago. There used to be railroad tracks that cut across a main road right in front of a Bob's Big Boy restaurant. A train regularly passed this locale at noon.
You can see what's coming, can't you?
Yes, one fine day the engineer stopped the train, in the middle of the road, and went in for a bite to eat. He got away with it once, but the cops nabbed him the next day when he did the same thing. I think he was fired.

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Can't say I blame them. Since the first Krispy Kremes opened here two years ago, many (including myself) would be willing to fly, walk, swim or crawl to get some of those hot glazed donuts.


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I wonder what the holdup is in NJ, their website has listed "coming soon" in their store locations, but it said that a long time ago. I've never seen or been into such franchise.... and now I'm curious if people are actually flying to them.
All we have here (in terms of franchise donut places) Dunkin Donuts.. and lots of them.
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There's a Krispy Kreme going up just a few blocks from my house.
Next door to that will be an In'n Out. Screw the diet...I want to die happy!
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Aside from flight regulations and such, I don't see what the big deal is (actually, I think it's pretty cool
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The officer and the civilian pilot were on night patrol over the city
It's not like they flew out just for doughnuts. They were on patrol. Nobody freaks out when a car patrol stops by the doughnut place for a bite to eat. Why should a helicopter be any different?
 

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Has anybody studied the wear and tear and gas costs for takeoff and landings of said helicopter? And plus if it was by somebody's house it would of freaked them out!! Then again, at least it wasn't a Harrier jet!
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This sounds like something I would try to get away with.
Personally, I think the biggest problem they're going to get into will be FAA regulations on the airspace. You don't just land a chopper in the city like that. It did say they landed in a field so maybe the doughnut shop was far enough out of the city as to not cause a problem?
Police officers are not my favorite people due to the corruption that goes on. I know an officer who refuses to associate with his coworkers due to the illegal activities they engage in on a daily basis, both on and off duty. So, I've been looking for a reason to get mad at these idiots flying in for doughnuts, but honestly, I can't come up with one. The "my tax dollars" thing is stupid. At most they cost the city $25 in fuel and lost man-hours. Not worth complaining about IMO. Would have been different if they had taken the chopper just for the purpose of getting doughnuts, but they were already on patrol..
As for the train thing. When the first Jack in the Box opened up here a couple of years ago, it was a huge deal. We waited in line for an hour to buy food on opening day. Being only a couple hundred feet from the tracks, a train pulled up, stopped, and three guys got out and ran in to order food. We watched the whole thing from our car; It was hilarious. They didn't block automobile traffic, however, and that rail line is rarely used so I'd imagine they didn't block any other trains, either..
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I, too, think this is kind of cool! Plus, I understand completely! Having never tasted a Krispy Kreme until I moved to FL, I'm now addicted to them! I work 3rd shift Sat. nights, so every Sun. morning, yes, EVERY--it doesn't matter if I get off 2 hours late, I still go 10 miles out of my way to the nearest Krispy Kreme for donut day! (and my drive is 45 minutes as it is, before the donut run!) Yummy! Yes, they are worth flying in for . . .
I do think the article heading is misleading though. They didn't use the helicopter FOR the donut run, they were already out patroling. Perhaps it was time for their scheduled break and they got hungry? Just like they would in a car or on a motorcycle! It does happen, people do get hungry during their shifts. Even cops. Or maybe it was actually the donuts people are angry about? Had they stopped for a Subway sandwich it would have been alright?
 
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The second that I read the topic header, I knew exactly what this post was about.
The Krispy Kreme store in question is about ten minutes from my house.
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Reminds me of a interview run in Playboy about 25 years ago. A unit in Viet Nam got in a fire fight and took casualties. The officer couldn't get his men medivaced out because other units were hit hard also. He finally called in the "Pizza Chopper" and caught hell for it. The whole interview was a Catch-22 of this officers experience. Maybe someone could check their "Playboy library" and give the whole story.
 

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I don't see a problem with this either. They have the right to take a short break during the workday. They'd have to land somewhere to take that break. Whether or not it is for some Krispy Kremes or some other type of food, they got to eat something and they can't really take the hellicopter through the drivethrough.
On a side note, I've not yet had the pleasure to try a Krispy Kreme doughnut. I have wanted to for a very long time but there isn't any anywhere near where I live.
 

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you people and your krispy kreme...i just don't get it. i mean they're good doughnuts and all. i hope you're all getting them while they're still fresh and hot. i guess growing up in the south has made me take for granted things like krispy kreme. alas. my personal fave is the creme-filled chocolate covered ones (not that damn custard-filled they try to pawn off).
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Jeff R., Krispy Kreme is coming to Washington on October 30th! (Issaquah). And it's coming to Oregon soon too! No date on the Oregon store though. See http://www.koin.com/c6k/news/stories...07-151059.html for more info.
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Besides, they stopped for Doughnuts! Now, if they'd used the helicopter to fly to Blockbuster and rent the P&S Mummy Returns, to watch on their Bose system (which they got the day before at BestBuy), that would be an outrage!
 

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I HATE Krispy Kreme, I can't stand them!
You can't buy a single thing that's not sugar coated!
I like Donut Stop... They've been in business here in St. Louis since the early 1900's and boy are they tastey!
Not sugary crap...
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That reminds me of something that happened earlier this year here in Germany. It is almost the same story, but instead of a doughnut shop the police helicopter landed on a field near a McDonalds to get lunch.
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Anthony, how about an update?
I can see this getting really carried away. If they forbid choppers from taking a break then the squad cars shouldn't be able to take any either. I can see the cops getting together and refusing any chopper duty.
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I HATE Krispy Kreme, I can't stand them!
You can't buy a single thing that's not sugar coated!
I like Donut Stop... They've been in business here in St. Louis since the early 1900's and boy are they tastey!
Not sugary crap...
Just a question...who buys donuts without sugar??? Most people I know that eat donuts do it for a quick sugar fix. I imagine the non-sugar variety is like eating a hockey puck...bland! I'll stick with the "sugary crap."
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