Michael Lucas, a 15-year-old student at Farragut High School, was the first in line for the grand opening of the Krispy Kreme (11208 Kingston Pike) on Tuesday, April 9 at 6 a.m., winning a dozen free donuts per week for a year.
Note: Street Talk interviewed Lucas around 6 p.m. Monday night, and some of his answers were prompted by his high school buddies who also camped out.
So when did you start waiting in line?
Friday [April 5] at 11 a.m.
Where did you get the idea?
My mom told me about it. She works at a church and the people there knew about it. Then the people at school were talking about it; they were like, "Yeah, I'll get there Saturday morning." I'm saying to myself, "I'm coming over on Friday."
Where have you slept?
Different places. I started out in the tent my friend Brice had, then the back of a car, then back to another tent.
Did you shower?
No. No showers.
What's your favorite of these donuts?
The Oreo cake or the chocolate cruller.
Will you get those free after this?
I might, or it might be just the regular.
What's your record eating donuts?
A dozen? I haven't really tried out eating donuts for competition. If I tried I could probably eat 20.
How will you work off the calories?
I play basketball at the high school—a lot of us in line do. I also swim over the summer.
Your friends who are right behind you in line—the next 99 get a dozen donuts once a month for a year. Are they jealous you're in first?
They're very jealous. They keep telling me—just kidding. We also camped out for Black Friday. The lady right behind us for that came and visited me here.
How long were you here by yourself at first?
My friends visited once, then left—I'd say seven and a half hours.
What'd you do to pass the time?
I literally had nothing but these three chairs and my iPad. I played every game I had and listened to all my music. And I talked to the workers.
Did anything funny happen during the wait?
Someone tried to egg us, but they only had one egg and the guy who threw it, it went under Brice's car. And lots and lots of other things.
Did a lot of people think you might be a worker?
Yeah, they kept driving by, "What time do you open?" and I'd yell, "Tuesday at 6 a.m." Or they'd ignore me and go to the drive-thru and wait. I was about to lie once and tell the next people, "Go right in, they're cooking right in back!" but I didn't want Krispy Kreme to get mad at me.
Do you think you'll get tired of donuts?
It's going to be like 324 in a year. And yeah, I'm probably going to eat ‘em all.
You missed just a little school for this—did the experience have any educational value?
The entire time I've been here waiting I've been studying as hard as I can....