After a clerk at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Brooklyn refused to serve two NYPD officers telling them “I don’t serve cops,” the detectives’ union started a boycott. Now, the chain is sincerely apologizing for its employee’s conduct.
Detectives’ Endowment Association announced Thursday that the incident was a “disgraceful” case of “blatant discrimination” against law enforcement officers. The association’s president advised Dunkin’ to apologize to the police officers and their families unless they want a national boycott.
The group also blamed Mayor Bill de Blasio and other “political leaders” for the incident because they constantly “demonize” cops in their efforts to advance their decriminalizing agenda.
“It’s time for the same politicians to step up, take some responsibility and condemn what occurred,”
Detectives’ Endowment Association President Michael Palladino told reporters.
The Washington Post found that the pair of cops who were denied service at 1993 Atlantic Ave. wanted to buy Baskin-Robbins from the store on Wednesday afternoon.
People familiar with the matter said the cops were wearing their uniforms and had their badges and guns on their belts when they were rejected by the clerk. The Dunkin’ Donuts employee reportedly ignored them at first and asked a person behind the police officers what he wanted to order.
The customer gave the order but told the clerk the two cops were in front of him.
“Yeah, I know, but I don’t serve cops,”
the employee replied.
A store manager had a different version of the story. He said the two cops were wearing only shirts and ties and didn’t have their badge on display. Plus, they were new to the store and didn’t wait in line like everyone else does. Instead, they waited for the clerk at the counter where customers pick their orders. The manager added that they can be seen on the security tape.
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