New Haven, Connecticut – While there’s a bit of a stereotype associated with police officers and donuts, officers are still humans and can appreciate the confectionary delights of said sweets just as much as the next person.
Yet, reports have surfaced that a Dunkin’ Donuts location in New Haven recently refused to serve a police officer that as in uniform.
Park Street, New Haven | Police officer says he was denied service at New Haven Dunkin’ while in uniform https://t.co/Ru4dX5GWuo
— peggie barnes (@elmstmo) June 26, 2020
Certain portions of the populace having a disdain toward police officers is nothing new to those who don the blue everyday – most know it to be one of the many caveats that come with serving their community.
However, the blatant hatred toward police has become so mainstream that now well-established businesses are seemingly refusing to treat officers with dignity.
A female police officer was said to have tried to order a cup of coffee over at the Dunkin’ Donuts location settled on Chapel and Park Street on June 23rd. Apparently, the officer was simply denied service.
Dunkin’ Brands recently released a statement on the matter, noting that the location in question happens to be a franchise-owned location and that they’ve been in contact with the franchisee:
“The franchise owner who independently owns and operates the restaurant, informs us that he is actively investigating the matter and is working diligently to identify and reach the customer”
Word of the incident was said to have spread sometime around June 26th, despite allegedly having taken place on June 23rd. There’s been no details yet as to what police precinct the alleged officer was tied to, nor has there been anyone as of yet identifying themselves as having been subject to said treatment.
The statement by Dunkin’ Brands continued, noting that the incident alleged to have happened is not in tune with the company’s practices and ethics:
“Dunkin’ and all of our franchisees share the goal of creating a welcoming environment in all Dunkin’ restaurants and treating every guest with dignity and respect. The type of behavior reported to us is inconsistent with the brand’s values.”
Local news crew News 8 WTNH spoke with locals about the alleged incident, with one person remarking with the following:
“It’s wrong; at the end of the day, it’s a business. You should serve everyone.”
Yet another local delivered their thoughts on the matter, conveying a less-than sympathetic tone toward the officer who was allegedly denied service:
“It’s not discriminating against someone’s identity, it’s discriminating against their choice of occupation and a system they’re participating in.”
There’s a bit of an unsavory history between Dunkin’ Donuts locations within Connecticut and police officer it seems, as roughly five years earlier there was a Hartford Police Officer who was yelled at by a Dunkin’ Donuts employee as they stood in line, saying:
“We don’t serve cops here.”
The war on police continues. A Dunkin' Donuts employee in CT said, "We don't serve cops here." Should this employee be fired? #JudgeJeanine
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) October 11, 2015
While that employee was compelled to issue an apology toward the officer by the location’s management after the 2015 incident, it seems to establish a level of believability that something to that effect would occur today in light of recent events and anti-police sentiments becoming rather popular.
Considering all the nonsense perpetuating within food service establishments and serving police officers, it’s a miracle that any officer is even patronizing these establishments at all.
In Diamond Bar, California there an investigation underway after an officer reported that he found what appeared to be a tampon in his Starbuck’s coffee drink.
According to Fox News, an off-duty LAPD officer says he discovered a tampon in his half-finished Frappucino Friday.
The officer visited a Starbuck’s located within a Target in Diamond Bar, CA.
BREAKING: Sources tell me an off duty LAPD officer allegedly found a tampon halfway thru his Frappuccino at a Starbucks in Diamond Bar on Friday. I’m told he used his police credit union debit card. Sheriff’s Dept. confirms they took a report & they’re now investigating. @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/HdLTreNuur
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) June 23, 2020
Fox News reporter Bill Melugin reports that whoever tainted the drink was tipped off to the fact that the customer was an officer when he used his police union debit card to pay for his beverage.
The officer reportedly became angry upon finding the tampon and returned to the store, and at some point during the ensuing discussion, handed the cup back. The officer filed a police report, and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is reviewing local surveillance footage.
“Subsection (a) of 18 U.S.C. § 1365 prohibits tampering or attempted tampering with any consumer product that affects interstate or foreign commerce, or with the labeling of, or the container for, such a product. The tampering must be done with reckless disregard for the risk that another person will be placed in danger of death or bodily injury. Furthermore, the tampering must be done under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the risk of death or bodily injury.”
California law has some more specific details regarding food tampering, which is considered a felony. California Penal Code 347 Section (a)(1) states:
“Every person who willfully mingles any poison or harmful substance with any food, drink, medicine, or pharmaceutical product or who willfully places any poison or harmful substance in any spring, well, reservoir, or public water supply, where the person knows or should have known that the same would be taken by any human being to his or her injury, is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for two, four, or five years.”
However, the Target store in which the Starbucks location was embedded have claimed that there was no “suspicious behavior” found within video footage reviewed around the time frame that the incident was alleged to have occurred.
A spokesperson for Target, Jacqueline DeBuse, released the following statement regarding the investigation:
“We take this allegation seriously. We have reviewed video footage and have not found any suspicious behavior. We have shared the video with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and look forward to the conclusions of their investigation.”
Deputy Trina Schrader from the Walnut/Diamond Bar Sheriff’s Station commented on the status of the ongoing investigation as well:
“All available video is being reviewed and detectives continue to conduct interviews to complete a thorough investigation.”
At this time, there’s been no official conclusion on the investigation.
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