The police state runs on Dunkin

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  1. Lizard says:

    Following a tactic first shown in the classic South Park episode "Grey Dawn", we can undermine the police state by seizing all the doughnut shops.

  2. mcinsand says:

    A radio show in Raleigh had a game for listeners in the late ‘80’s: Dialing for Doughnuts. The station would have a person at a doughnut shop, and listeners called in to guess how many police cars were in the parking lot. It was funny while it lasted. The city police department complained enough to have the game stopped. *sigh*

  3. Ken White says:

    Oh, good. My weekend was depressingly free; now I can respond to donut-related cease-and-desist orders.

  4. TJIC says:

    A note about my local PD:

    When hunger strikes, help is only 31 seconds away.

  5. MattS says:

    So, can the people subjected to the house by house raids sue Dunkin Doughnuts for enabling the violation of their rights?

  6. Blaise Pascal says:

    One of my funniest memories of walking home from the bus station at 3am was watching a group of 20-something men get into a fight in a donut-shop parking lot (I suspect alcohol may have been involved). Police response was instantaneous, as the officer just had to step outside.

  7. Clark says:

    > Police response was instantaneous

    LOL!

  8. Luke says:

    @TJIC – But isn't every location in MA less than a minute away from a Dunkin Donuts?

  9. SassQueen says:

    You guys, am I the only one that thinks Dunkin Donuts aren't even good?

  10. mcinsand says:

    SassQueen, Dunkin Donuts does have good coffee, and the sandwiches are pretty good. Krispy Kreme is the only choice for good donuts, though.

  11. En Passant says:

    If they ever discover the hard stuff we're doomed!

  12. Clark says:

    Dunkin Donuts does have good coffee, and the sandwiches are pretty good. Krispy Kreme is the only choice for good donuts, though.

    Their coffee is really solid; better than Starbucks. (And, no, don't assume that I don't know good coffee. I do. I grind at home, make my own espresso, and have lots of opinions reached after a lot of thought and experimentation. The bottom line is that Starbucks' house blend is kind of crappy.).

    The sandwhiches are yummy, in a fast food way, but once you start to develop a taste for decent quality meat and cheese, it's hard to eat them. Their croissants are not world class, but are better than one should be able to expect.

    And the donuts, while not Krispy Kremes, definitely satisfy the junk food itch.

  13. Rob says:

    Krispy Kreme is the only choice for good donuts, though.

    Bullocks. Krispy Kreme isn't bad, mind you, but I find the bakery section in most grocery stores (Safeway being my current favorite) have FAR better donuts.

  14. mcinsand says:

    Clark,

    What absolutely kills me about the Starbucks fanboies is when they try to attribute Starbucks’ characteristic taste to the strength. We can safely say that anyone that believes Starbucks’ taste is about strength knows nothing about taste or coffee, if we are going to give the person in question the benefit of the doubt. More accurately, we can safely say that we have found a deposit of antiknowledge between that person’s ears. It’s all in the roast, and that’s how they get that gas_station urinal, ashtray rinsate taste in the coffee base. I don’t think it’s any accident, though. While some hipsters can convince themselves that Starbucks’ coffee is better than a new shade of awful, others need help. So, rather than pay 2-3 times the cost for a decent cup of coffee, they pay far, far more to add crap that will cover up the awful roast taste. I loathe the taste of anything else in a great cup of coffee. If my ego’s needs forced me to drink something at Starbucks, though, I’d probably pay $6 for a crappacino rather than $3 for a cup of their base coffee. I do believe that this is the business plan. The lemmings would rather empty their wallets as opposed to pointing out how naked their emperor is.

    I also grind my own coffee each day, and I have tried numerous beans. Call me low class, but, as strange as it is, my favorite is the Beaumont. It does have a great flavor and, although I measure my coffee, the flavor does not distort over concentration the way some coffees do. This coffee makes a good cup whether at ~average concentration or when made thick enough to eat with a fork.

    MPE Chicago makes production-sized coffee grinders, and they have a lot of good presentations on their website. http://www.mpechicago.com/coffee/images/uploads/pdfs/Coffee_Con_2012A.pdf is one example, and their information does make a good case for investing in a burr-grinder rather than the inexpensive blade grinders.

  15. ULTRAGOTHA says:

    TJIC, I can better that one. They just built a new Police Station in CT with a Dunkin' Donuts in the building itself.

    http://www.newbritainherald.com/articles/2013/03/18/news/doc514679ab24de6188567052.txt

  16. Bill says:

    I keep thinking that at some point, the coohhness of Starbucks will fade and people will see the light. But I've been waiting for people to see the light on bottled water for years, and looks like I'm doomed to just be one waitin' SOB

  17. naught_for_naught says:

    Let me again be the stick-in-the-mud contrarian. What's wrong with donuts? You gotta eat, right? I'm just glad they're not in the bars. I'm all for saying, "Line up boys for your coffee and your cruellers. Now let's got get that little mother fucker."

  18. Rob says:

    Let me again be the stick-in-the-mud contrarian. What's wrong with donuts? You gotta eat, right? I'm just glad they're not in the bars. I'm all for saying, "Line up boys for your coffee and your cruellers. Now let's got get that little mother fucker."

    The fact that they were donuts has little to do with it, except for the fact that it plays directly into a somewhat earned stereotype. The big problem is that the Boston Police decided to shut down the entire city, based on the claim that it was too dangerous for people to go out and do their business, but then decided that it was safe enough to allow the minimum wage clerks at their favorite junk food restaurant to come in to work so they could get their fix.

    This decision literally cost the city hundreds of millions of dollars. I think its perfectly understandable that some people might be just a little pissed off.

  19. MattS says:

    Rob,

    "but then decided that it was safe enough to allow the minimum wage clerks at their favorite junk food restaurant to come in to work so they could get their fix."

    I think there is an error in this quote, allow should probably be replaced with forced.

  20. naught_for_naught says:

    @Rob

    You are right. I was overcome by my love for my country, my love for donuts, and my hatred of terrorists. I just lost my head for a minute there.

  21. Palimpsest says:

    As Matt Groening said in Work is Hell;
    Which is more nutritious; a cup of coffee and a powdered sugar doughnut or a cup of coffee and two powdered sugar doughnuts?

    Dunkin Doughnuts coffee is ok, I suspect it's mostly Robusta rather than Arabica but that just adds to the caffeine. Their doughnuts largely suck; really cheap fruit fillings and unremarkable dough.
    Krispy Crème is fresh, but it's white bread drenched in Sugar.
    Boston when I lived there 20 years ago still a few local non franchise old shops that had good doughnuts. Seattle now has Top Pot and Mighty0 vegan doughnuts.

    We did have a cop story in Washington about 2006. A bakery delivery van driver left the keys in the truck while making a delivery and someone stole it. A cop car was alerted and gave a high speed pursuit while doughnuts were falling out the back. The criminal never had a chance.

  22. Wayne Borean says:

    In Canada it would be Tim Hortons. It seems that Tim Horton's stores have cop magnets :)

    Wayne

  23. Graham says:

    i think the boston police did the right thing

  24. Ratus says:

    If there was one with a cat I would have used it.

    But I'm glad someone liked it.

  25. naught_for_naught says:

    @Wayne Borean

    Timmy's is more of a social meeting place than Dunkin'. Every time I've been, several throughout Saskatchewan, the tables are always full of people. In addition to the RCMP guys, there always seems to be two or three tables of old duffers seemingly in no hurry to go anywhere.

  26. urbantravels says:

    The thing I find most disturbing about only the Dunkin Donuts being open is that that part of the Watertown/Belmont border is Armenian Bakery Heaven. Look how close they were to Lamejun Bakery, for pity's sake! And yet they chose the donuts. One despairs.

    I grew up only a few blocks north of where the whole massive manhunt was happening. My main response to the unfolding drama was an inappropriate craving for lamejun and stuffed grape leaves.

  27. Wayne Borean says:

    Timmies is a social place. I always drop in to use their WiFi while traveling. The food is pretty good too, nice sandwiches, decent breakfast, good prices.

    It has become a Canadian institution, by being better than everyone else.

    Wayne