Two Dunkin’ Donuts employees fired after police sergeant said they refused to serve him because he’s a cop


DES MOINES, IA – Off-duty Des Moines Police Spokesman Sergeant Paul Parizek was denied service on August 1st at a local Dunkin’ Donuts. 

Parizek, who was in plain clothes at the time of the incident, was confused as he has bought food there several times over the last four months. 

His only clue as to why he was refused service is that he is known to be a police officer and was wearing a thin blue line hat.

The thin blue line symbol is something that some democratic and left-wing anarchists believe is a symbol of hate.  What the symbol actual stands for is that police are the barrier between civilized society and chaos. 

A symbol that anyone should be proud of, knowing that men and women are willing to give their lives to protect someone they have never met.  However, in today’s day and age when the lie of police being systemically racist prevail, it is considered a scarlet letter.

Parizek said that he was in trying to order something from the store when he was told that he would not be served.  Parizek was dumbfounded and even asked if the employee was serious about not serving him, hoping it was a joke.

Parizek stated that a female employee, “just kinda stared at me and I said, ‘What’s going on?  She said, ‘We’re not gonna serve you today and you need to leave.’” 

Parizek gave his account to the Morning Rush show, which is co-hosted by his wife, Heather Burnside. 

Without given a reason as to why he was not served, usually something saved for some unruly customer or someone who has stolen from the company in the past, he can only assume that it is because he was a police officer.

Parizek left the store without causing any further commotion and called in his complaint to the management of the store. 

When he spoke to management team, they apologized for the incident.  Parizek advised he told the management team that he did not want the employees involved to be fired, just wanted the situation corrected.

Dunkin’ Donuts advised that two employees were fired as a result of the incident, Julia Cabral and Sierra Stevens, both 19. 

The employees advised they had been working at the store around a year and they claim they were not involved in the interaction with Parizek.

Cabral advised that she was not involved in the incident at all as she was in the bathroom while Parizek was in the store.  She advised that she had not spoken to him or even had seen him in the store. 

Cabral said that she was upset because the management team, according to her, never spoke to her about the incident and just terminated her employment.  Something of which makes little sense to anyone who has been involved in any type of employment since they were 15. 

Parizek told the Morning Rush show that he was “mad because I’m a cop and they refused me service.  I’m mad because I’m a loyal customer and they refused me service.” 

WHO-TV reported that the Dunkin’ Donuts management apologized for the experience that Parizek had at one of their stores. 

“The employee’s behavior is not consistent with Dunkin’s goal of creating an inclusive, welcoming environment for all of our guests.

“Additionally, Dunkin’ respects the efforts of our police force as they work to maintain a safe community for all of us.  The franchise owner, who independently owns and operates this restaurant, informs us that the two individuals responsible have been terminated.  The franchise owner has also connected with the police officer to apologize for the experience.” 

At least, in this instance, the cooperation made right on a situation made wrong by bad employees with misinformation.  Even though management stepped up and did what was right, it does make you wonder what the employees of any restaurant do to officer’s meals.

At least it’s not as bad as what happened in a Chicago Dunkin Donuts:

Chicago, IL– In recent months, Starbucks has been the center of controversy when it comes to the treatment of police officers by baristas. There have been various incidents ranging from refusing them service, writing “pig” on their cups, and worst of all, contaminating their drinks with objects or bodily fluid.

Well, it has happened again, however this time, it is not Starbucks, it is Dunkin’ Donuts. 

According to ABCNews, the incident occurred at approximately 10:20 p.m. on July 30th, when an Illinois State Police (ISP) District Chicago Trooper bought a large black coffee from a Dunkin’ Donuts establishment located on Archer Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.

Thankfully, the coffee was too hot, which made the officer take the lid off in order to cool it down faster.

Illinois State Police said in a statement:

“Due to the coffee being extremely hot, the Trooper removed the lid from the top of the cup to cool it down,” 

That is when he noticed a “large, thick piece of mucus which was later confirmed to be saliva”.

The ISP immediately began an investigation into the incident, which was completed several hours later, resulting in the arrest of 25-year-old Dunkin’ Donuts employee Vincent J. Sessler.

Sessler was taken into custody by the ISP District Chicago Troopers, and has been charged with Disorderly Conduct and Battery to a Peace Officer.

As if police officers around the country are not dealing with enough harassment and dangers on a daily basis, it is now impossible to order a simple cup of coffee, without risking their lives by ingesting a strangers bodily fluid. 

ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly issued a stern statement about the incident saying:

“This is outrageous and disgusting,” 

He continued:

“The men and women of the Illinois State Police put their heart and soul into protecting the lives and rights of all people in this state every day. They deserve better than this insulting and dangerous treatment.”

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