Source: St. Petersburg Times
On December 5, 2002 the St. Petersburg Times reported that "a [witches'] meeting at a Clearwater Krispy Kreme ended when a witch mascot was displayed. The witches say they were tossed out. Krispy Kreme says they were asked only to remove the mascot... The witches say the Krispy Kreme manager asked them to remove the wicker witch and threw them out... A Krispy Kreme spokesman says the manager asked the group to remove the wicker witch only after another customer complained... 'This pagan group was not kicked out of Krispy Kreme,' said Mark Gauthier, president of a local Krispy Kreme franchise... 'We don't discriminate against any group. We just asked them to remove their witch models from our shops.'"