FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WBTV/WRAL) - A Krispy Kreme store in Fayetteville lost $5000 after store employees accidentally handed it out to a lucky customer.
The incident was initially reported as a theft of the store's take for the day, WRAL-TV reported.
Instead, it turns out that a drive-through clerk handed over the revenue for the day to a drive through customer on Friday, Fayetteville police Sgt. Dan Grubb told WRAL.
The mix up happened because the store manager usually places the money in a doughnut box – in order to conceal it from possible theft, police said.
The store manager typically puts the box full of money near the drive through window and then drives her own car around – and picks up the cash-filled doughnut box through the window, WRAL reported.
A clerk who was unfamiliar with the routine passed the money out to a customer at the Bragg Boulevard store, police told WRAL.
By noon Monday WRAL reported that no one had returned the money.