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Do My Job: Dean dives in to doughnuts

Posted May 14, 2008

— This week, WRAL Reporter Kim Dean has taken on different jobs as part of her “Do My Job” series. On Wednesday, she had her sweetest assignment to date – working at a Krispy Kreme factory.

There, they produce 400 dozen doughnuts an hour. To make them, the dough first takes form and is given time to rise. Next, it's dropped into the fryer and flipped so it cooks evenly on both sides.

Then, they are drenched under a waterfall of gooey icing. Finally, they take a 45-minute ride around the factory to cool before they are ready to eat.

“This being North Carolina, we fry everything,” said Ron Driver, Dean’s new boss.

Dean’s first job at the factory was to box hot, fresh doughnuts for immediate sale.

“It's a tough job, but someone has to do it. No, really it is tough,” she said. “I just poked one.”

“We really only want our doughnuts to have one hole in them,” Driver said, laughing.

Dean then took a turn on the conveyor belt. Eight hours a day, for the past eight years, Pauleen Lanyare has expertly moved the doughnuts off the belt and onto trays for local bakeries.

“It’s really easy to squish them,” Dean said as she tried Lanyare’s job.

And, no, there’s no eating on the job, Dean found.

“Look at this poor little guy. (He’s) just going to go into the trash,” Dean said as she examined a deformed doughnut. “No eating on the line.”

Just as she found her rhythm, the boss threw Dean a curve ball and asked her to try another skill – quickly grabbing the sweet treats off the conveyor belt and putting them in boxes.

“Uh oh, the doughnuts are getting away,” she said. “It really is harder than it looks.”

Thursday, on WRAL’s Morning News at 6, Dean sits in the high-pressure hot seat with 911 dispatchers.


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  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx May 15, 2008

    If I worked there the "no eating on the line" would be for my own protection!

  • catwoman1 May 14, 2008

    I hope she took back a few dozen to the WRAL staff!!! I'd be fired real quick because I love those donuts soooo much!

  • wolfpackfan15 May 14, 2008

    sounds fun... sign me up! LOL!

  • freddie cadetti 72 May 14, 2008

    Ok, pretty reporterette. Now they get a B sanitation grade because she wasn't wearing the throwaway gloves the other employees who get the doughnuts off the belt do.


  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy May 14, 2008

    She could just come sit with me at my job....and I'll do it!

  • rationality May 14, 2008

    How's this for a "Dirty Job": State Senator...she wouldn't have to work much at all, but she would have to navigate around a lot of horse squeeze. She may need hazard pay.

  • owlady May 14, 2008

    hey, she has a fun time, Brian Shrader use to do all that fun stuff and I once asked him if he really gets paid to have that much fun working for WRAL. Now he has to wear a suit and tie! Looking good Brian!

  • monkey_boy09 May 14, 2008

    i think she should try and be a life guard,i heard thats a tough job. right ?

  • twixandbetwwen May 14, 2008

    All I can say about that job is: "How Sweet It Is"!!!

  • davido May 14, 2008

    Sounds like an episode from "I Love Lucy"...

    Next up: brain surgery