A woman on TikTok decided to test the theory that Krispy Kreme gives customers a free cake when her “Hot & Ready” sign is lit. The short answer is no.
Haleigh (baileyhaleigh) recorded herself trying her luck as she drove through Krispy Kreme in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She then shared the footage on TikTok where the video has garnered nearly 584,000 views as of Saturday.
As I approached the speakerphone, Haley asked, “Is it true that you get a free cake when that hot sign is on?”
“No, ma’am,” was the employee’s quick response.
baileyhaleigh hot and ready sign theory test at Krispy Kreme in Fort Lauderdale 😂😂😂 #Krispykreme #donuts #florida #fortlauderdale #funny #shocked #elfitup @jordanbrown211 ♬ Original audio – Haleigh
I asked Haley if the employee was serious, and they replied, “Yes, ma’am.”
So Halle ordered the donuts – presumably, she paid for them.
“They are scammers,” she joked, commenting on the on-screen video.
Viewers supported Haleigh, saying it never hurts to try, but some noted how quickly the employee responded during the exchange.
“It doesn’t hurt to try! She responded quickly, no madam!” One viewer commented on the video.
Someone said, “Lol, she’s rushing you.”
“Well, it was a ray of sunshine,” said another viewer sarcastically.
One user joked, “She was quick and ready for you to break out of her streak.”
Some viewers have claimed that the theory is indeed correct.
“You got a lot of free donuts in the hot light!” One Viewer Books.
“It is indeed true but [due] Suppose we can’t give up anymore,” another person claimed.
In 2017, Krispy Kreme said in a statement to Delish that Hot Light only indicates that donuts are hot and fresh — not that it’s time for a free donut. However, since Krispy Kremes can be franchised and many of its sites are operated by individuals, Hot Light may have different meanings depending on the location.
Basically, if the store owner decides to offer free donuts when the Hot Light is turned on, the employees can do so. But it is not a requirement in all stores.
The Daily Dot reached out to the creator via a TikTok and Krispy Kreme comment via a PR email.
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*First Published: February 5, 2022, 12:08 PM CST
Cecilia Linzen is a journalism student at the University of Texas at Arlington and a freelance reporter for the Daily Dot.