The TV lady was shocked, stunned, that some rotten and despicable person next to her would stoop so low as to cheat at a doughnut-eating contest.
“Don’t,” admonished Kristen Hampton, from WBTV in Charlotte, possibly the nicest television personality in not just the region, but on earth. Hampton for years has done a segment called “Good News” because she celebrates the wonderful in a world filled with news of pain and suffering and mayhem. She smiles in a world filled with frowns.
It is contagious.
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Hampton caught me slipping my doughnuts into her Krispy Kreme box. That is, in a contest, cheating. Her smile stopped, for a second.
“Eat your own,” Hampton warned.
So I tried to slip the doughnuts to Tega Cay Mayor George Sheppard, then to York County Councilman Chad Williams. Both caught me, too. I can’t even cheat politicians, who are below “coyote” on the food chain.
For the second year in a row, in the Cops on the Roof doughnut-eating contest for something called “celebrities,” I was what my three daughters would call a “colossal fail.”
I came in last again.
The event with politicians and prosecutors and media personalities kicked off events through Saturday at Rock Hill’s Krispy Kreme on Celanese Road. Last year, the events raised more than $20,000.
Police will be on the roof of the Krispy Kreme at 1525 Celanese Road through Saturday, waving to drivers and customers in an attempt to collect money for athletes with disabilities. Look for the officers from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
“The Special Olympics athletes show all of us what it means to try our best,” said Detective Phil Tripp of the Rock Hill Police Department, the chief organizer. “Apparently, Mr. Dys, you missed that lesson.”
Still up – with no cheating – through Saturday:
▪ Friday at 2 p.m. cops square off against firefighters and emergency workers in a doughnut-eating contest.
▪ Saturday is a public doughnut-eating contest at 2 p.m. Entry fee is $20, and the winner receives a year of free doughnuts. Registration starts at 1 p.m.
Donations are accepted any time at bit.ly/1Ayt3A1.
Andrew Dys • 803-329-4065