Krispy Kreme has been slammed by NSW Police for handing out hundreds of thousands of doughnuts as Australia faces a second wave of COVID-19.
Pictures of the brand’s Penrith store yesterday show dozens of people lining up to pick up their free boxes of doughnuts.
A NSW Police spokesman said police were called to a number of locations across Sydney yesterday to assist with traffic and crowd control, after the promotion resulted in crowding and traffic management issues.
The Public Order and Riot Squad was also called in to assist with public health compliance.
Operation coronavirus Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Tony Cooke, blasted the giveaway given the fears of a second wave in NSW.
“This is nonsensical and defies logic,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Cooke said.
“We have people in NSW who have lost jobs, people who have missed the opportunity to farewell their loved ones at funerals, and of course, people who have lost their lives due to COVID-19.
“Promotions like this do nothing to assist in maintaining social distancing which is vital to stopping the spread of the virus.
“Police are examining which, if any, breaches may have occurred and will take appropriate action where required.”
Picture by Kate Lockley, Penrith Press