Abandon all diet plans, ye who enter here.
Thursday be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, mateys, and Krispy Kreme celebrated by giving a free doughnut to landlubbers ordering in pirate-speak, or a treasure trove of a dozen glazed to those sporting full pirate garb.
Sea dogs young and old flocked to Krispy Kreme Burbank on Victory Place donning eye patches, tricorn hats, bandannas, hoop earrings, hooks and even toy parrots.
The Burbank shop gave away at least 150 dozen and 200 individual glazed doughnuts in the first six hours of the day, Manager Mike Kazourra said.
“Arr, it’s a good day to be a pirate. These are better than gold doubloons,” said Brad Bowen, a line producer for the Disney animated show “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.” He and two coworkers dressed up to claim three-dozen doughnuts to share with crewmates at Empire Center.
The promotion was a draw for many families with small children, some from distant ports.
“Our kids love playing pirate, so we already had their costumes,” Anne Johnson of Simi Valley said of her sons Ray, 4, and Max, 2, and their 3-year-old cousin, Penelope.
“And I’m pregnant, so I’m especially craving doughnuts,” she said.
-- Joe Piasecki, firstname.lastname@example.org
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