A Providence, Rhode Island police officer claims he was handed a cup of coffee by a Dunkin’ Donuts worker on October 2 that had the words “#BlackLivesMatter” written on it.
Dunkin’ Donuts corporate office has confirmed that the incident did occur and that the female employee who did it “has been counseled about her behavior.”
According to WCVB 5, Lt. Roger Aspinall commented on the slogan by saying it is tied to a movement that “condones violence against police.” The officer who was actually handed the cup also referenced being treated rudely by a store employee.
The Fraternal Order of Police described the incident as “unacceptable and discouraging.”
Dunkin’ Donuts responded to news of the incident by releasing a statement, in which they said:
We are aware of the situation in Providence. Dunkin Donuts and our franchisees share a commitment to the well-being and fair treatment of all our guests. The franchise owner has apologized to the police officer on behalf of Dunkin Donuts, and he has counseled the employee about her behavior.
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