Published: Jul 24, 2012 11:09 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 24, 2012 6:15 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A donut dilemma. Customers stopping by Dunkin' Donuts today were greeted with empty shelves and a surprising confession: no donuts!  

The shortage affected about 40 restaurants across Lee, and Charlotte counties. 

"I couldn't believe it when they said no donuts!"    

At least for today, you might have to take the donuts out of Dunkins'.

"Oh my gosh I came halfway across the world for a donut!" said Stephen Shaw.

Across Lee County, Dunkins' shelves were left bare, leaving customers with a craving. Dunkin' Donuts tells WINK News the problem stems from plumbing at their bakery in Punta Gorda.

In a statement, the company says:    "A Dunkin' Donuts bakery in Punta Gorda, Florida, was unable to produce baked goods this morning due to a problem with its plumbing system. The delay in production has impacted approximately 40 restaurants in Charlotte and Lee counties. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused our customers and expect that the full range of Dunkin' Donuts baked goods will be available in the affected restaurants shortly." 

But what's bad news for Dunkin' Donuts is good news for local businesses like Bennett's near downtown Fort Myers. They were almost completely out of donuts a little after noon.

"We had a line all the way in the back of the room," explained an employee. The rush cleaned out their shelves. "Basically, everybody wanted a donut!" she said.

And it's bringing in first time customers like a trio of women from Fort Myers. Our camera caught them clutching some of the last donuts of the day!

Inside, Karen Benson was another lucky Bennett's customer to nab a nibble.  

"I think we got one of the last three donuts, so, my day is complete," Benson said.  

Meanwhile, Dunkins' tells WINK News they are working to fix the problem, bringing back tasty treats so fans don't have to go without donuts.  

At this time, there is not a set date as to when the affected stores will have donuts once again. One Dunkins' employee tells WINK News they were giving away free vouchers to customers who were not able to find their favorite donut.