Some people in Truro, N.S., woke up awfully thirsty Christmas morning. 

Lukas MacAulay, father of two, headed to Tim Hortons for coffees and hot chocolates — and found "most of the town" waiting in line.

At least 100 cars stopped bumper to bumper along Robie Street in Truro, he said.

"The line was enough to turn me away," MacAulay said. "I just decided, 'No coffee for me' and I'd just take a video."

'Almost like everybody's addicted'

Since then, his video of the long line outside Tim Hortons has reached many in the central Nova Scotia town. It had almost 3,400 shares on Boxing Day on the We Love Nova Scotia Facebook page.

"It's almost like everybody's addicted to the Tim's coffee. Home brewed just isn't the same thing," MacAulay said.

"It was the only one open in town and we love our Tim's around here."

Even still, the extra long line was "unreal" to see, he said. Normally the line has a maximum of 10 cars on a busy day.

Tims line

The line for the Tim Hortons drive through stretched down Robie Street in Truro, N.S., Christmas Day. (Lukas MacAulay/Facebook)

'It's a good day for some people to work'

While most people are getting a good chuckle out of the 16-second video, some have been "trying to talk badly about the owners," MacAulay said, for having the shop open at all. 

"Everyone assumes they're forcing staff to work," he said. 

But the franchise owner says otherwise.

"It was a really positive day," owner Quinn MacKenzie said Saturday evening. "All of our great employees volunteered to work that day and we didn't expect it to be that busy."

MacAulay has been responding to comments on Facebook to explain some people want to work.

"They get paid right well, they get tipped very well," MacAulay said. "It's a good day for some people to work if they don't celebrate Christmas and things like that."

And it was a help, he said, since a lot of people had a hankering for a Christmas morning coffee.