Move over, Kevin Costner; even you can’t beat glazed confectionary perfection.
The Irish town of Blanchardstown is seeing a Field of Dreams play out right before its eyes. Since its grand opening just over a week ago, the Blanchardstown Krispy Kreme has literally been churning out donuts nonstop. The company’s trademark glazed treats have been so popular, a seemingly endless line of cars has wound down the street, across a sizable parking lot, and past the drive-in window at all hours of the day and night for more than a week.
Nearby residents say they haven’t had a decent night’s sleep since the opening due to the all-night chorus of car horns.
“Since the grand opening we haven’t had proper sleep at night. We have jobs, kids, schools, and so many elderly people living here as well,” one Grove Park resident told Independent.ie. “Every night the queue for doughnuts is unbelievable – lights, noises, pollution and horns. All streets blocked and all cars honking at once. All night, every night.”
But the trouble doesn’t end there. Already sleepy (and no doubt quite grumpy) from having endured a restless night, commuters have faced drive times that in some cases have more than quadrupled due to the incessant traffic.
“I’ve nothing against the company but it shouldn’t be open 24/7 if they can’t manage the traffic and noise,” group member Ben Raymond from Blanchardstown told Independent.ie. “They should take the 24 hours away and put a traffic management system in place. I live down the road and it’s been waking children up in the area.” The group are also hoping to tackle the day-time traffic, as a typical twenty-minute drive took an hour and a half one morning, Ben says.
Of course, interest will die down over time (or will it?) and life will return to at least some semblance of normalcy. Until that time comes (if it does), Krispy Kreme representatives are attempting to restore a measure of peace and quiet by deploying signs to remind late-night drivers to be considerate of residents.
To our Irish friends, welcome to the club! Enjoy stuffing yourselves with the irresistible dessert to which comedian Tim Hawkins refers as “Baby Angels”.