Police are known to love coffee and donuts. So it came with great surprise when they accused a Dunkin’ Donuts location of refusing to serve two officers who were on duty.
According to the New York Post, a pair of cops were declined service at a Brooklyn location recently. Allegedly two men, wearing formal business attire with their badges on display, approached the register but were ignored by the employee. The worker then asked a customer behind the two on-duty men for his order. The man gave his order adding “These two guys were in front of me,” with the clerk allegedly responding, “I don’t serve cops”.
Of course, the supposed snub set off a firestorm with the NYPD. Detectives’ Endowment Association President Michael Palladino calls the incident “disgraceful” and has asked for a Dunkin’ Donuts boycott. “I assume it is an isolated incident. Nevertheless, Dunkin’ Donuts corporate should issue an apology to the NYPD and until that happens, I have asked detectives and their families to refrain from patronizing the stores,” he explained.
The manager of the 1993 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn location is disputing the charge saying that the two officers simply waited at the wrong counter. ““These two men in shirts and ties — who I later found out were police — must have never come to this Dunkin’ Donuts before, because instead of waiting in the line where you order, they waited at the counter where you pick up your order. You can see on the security tape: they stand here for five minutes, while other customers were being served.”
Dunkin’ Donuts has apologized for the perceived mistreatment citing that that store’s poor layout caused the confusion. A rep for the chain Michelle King said “[the layout] “put both the crew members and two officers in a difficult situation because it was not clear where to order. The franchise has informed us that he has made temporary adjustments to the store signage to be followed by a more permanent solution to avoid situations like this in the future.”
Nevertheless, the boycott is still ongoing and starting to gain steam on social media with the #boycottdunkindonuts hashtag.
Cops beefing about being discriminated at a donuts shop? Sounds like a Dave Chappelle skit come true.