Daniel Rushing, a 64-year-old man from Orlando, Florida, had a routine of treating himself to a Krispy Kreme doughnut every other Wednesday. But not any more.
On Dec. 11, 2015, Rushing was arrested after dropping off a neighbor at the hospital for a chemotherapy session, reports the Orlando Sentinel. He was locked up for about ten hours before being released on bail.
His offense? Police found some Krispy Kreme doughnut glaze in his care and thought it was crystal methamphetamine. Rushing explained that it was just doughnut sugar, but when it was submitted to two roadside drug tests, the results indicated meth.
However, a state crime lab test conducted several weeks later concluded it that it was just sugar after all, and charges against Rushing were dropped.
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But Rushing isn’t dropping the matter. Instead, he has filed a lawsuit against the city of Orlando and The Safariland Group, which produces the drug kit used in the arrest. He is accusing both parties of negligence, and seeking damages in excess of $15,000.
In addition to claiming emotional harm, he cites the embarrassment of having his mugshot publicly displayed on the internet.
Orlando police, in their defense, said it was a lawful arrest. The city has declined to comment.
Krispy Kreme was founded in 1937. As the company website explains: “Vernon Rudolph bought a secret yeast-raised doughnut recipe from a New Orleans French chef, rented a building in what is now historic Old Salem in Winston-Salem, NC, and began selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts to local grocery stores.”
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In 2015, the year Daniel Rushing was arrested for having Krispy Kreme sugar in his car, the doughnut franchise celebrated the opening of its 1000th store.