Following two anti-cop incidents last week, Dunkin’ Donuts said Tuesday that it will work with store owners and employees across the country “to reinforce our obligation to serve all of our guests with dignity and respect” after two incidents in which police officers complained they were mistreated.
According to CNN, a Providence, Rhode Island, police officer last Friday allegedly received a cup with the social justice message “#blacklivesmatter” scribbled on it. The Fraternal Order of Police union representing the officer, who has not been publicly identified, called the incident “unacceptable and discouraging.”
In a second incident, on Saturday, a Dunkin’ Donuts employee at another franchise location reportedly told an officer, “We don’t serve cops here,” according to CNN affiliate WTNH. The store manager and the employee followed the officer out and apologized, the station reported.
Dunkin’ Donuts reacted over the weekend, calling the incidents isolated and noting that both franchise owners had apologized.
On Tuesday, as some customers threatened a boycott on social media, the company issued an updated statement that said, “two young crew members exhibited poor judgment while serving local police officers who were guests in our restaurants.”
“From first responders to the military, Dunkin’ Donuts has a long history of supporting those responsible for the safety of our neighborhoods and our country,” the company’s statement said.