Dunkin’ Donuts at 3350 Kirchoff Road in Rolling Meadows has lost my business – not that it matters since I frequent that location 3-4 times a year at most. I was over in that plaza yesterday to go to the post office and get my hair cut, so I thought, why not? I had in hand a 2 donuts for 99 cents coupon. As I approached the counter, the female clerk immediately asked what I wanted before I could browse the donut selection. The mistake I made was presenting the coupon to her before ordering. She burst out laughing – I looked around and nobody else was in sight so this must have been an inside joke. Yeah, the joke was on me. She stood on her tiptoes and nearly strained her back, reaching all the way to the back row of jelly donuts to grab the puniest munchkin-size donuts ever made. After I looked inside the bag in my car, I realized that this location obviously shafts customers with coupons. These donuts were half the size of the donuts in the front of the tray and really pathetic.
They were certainly better for our waistlines but not even worth the lousy $1.10 I paid for the purchase with sales tax. The full price for these ranges from 89 cents to $1.09 depending on the location, and I essentially paid that considering these two little suckers equaled one full-size donut. Quite frankly, the donuts at Jewel, Mariano’s, Dominick’s, 7-Eleven and every freakin’ grocery store and bakery across America are tastier and cheaper than Dunkin’ Donuts anyway. The regular price at these other stores is generally 69 cents but often they are on sale 2 for $1.00. Jeff thought we should return them and complain, but it was hardly worth the time and effort to do so.
This is NOT the Brown University-area Dunkin’ Donuts of my college days. My friend Barb and I would journey up that steep hill to get her favorite jelly-filled and my plain glazed, sit at the counter and shoot the breeze before going back down the hill to RISD territory. Unfortunately, nothing stays the same – just discovered that the Thayer Street store closed. The store that shafted me deserves to close – take that donut and shove it, Dunkin’.