ST. PAUL — A Metropolitan State University student who was once told by the company to stop reselling dozens of Krispy Kreme donuts to Minnesotans is getting a new set of wheels following the company's decision to work with him.
Jayson Gonzalez, who carts the sought-after donuts up to Minnesota from Iowa, will receive a Mercedes Sprinter Freightliner van from German automobile manufacturer Daimler.
The announcement came Tuesday, Nov. 12, during an on-stage interview at a conference hosted by trucking industry publication Freight Waves. “That’s a Krispy Kreme-mobile,” a clearly astonished Gonzalez said on stage. “Holy cow.”
Gonzalez, 21, had been using his Ford Focus to haul the donuts, about 100 dozen at a time. Gonzalez has been told the van will be delivered in January.
Gonzalez's donut runs helps pay for his education. He charges between $17 and $20 per box. Krispy Kreme and Gonzalez are working out details for him to resume his endeavor.
A GoFundMe account set up to buy Gonzelez a new delivery vehicle will now be used to pay taxes and other expenses associated with his new van, he said. But he posted an update on the page Tuesday offering refunds to donors who want one.