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NEW: Dunkin’ Donuts Corporate Responds to GoLocal Report on #BlackLivesMatter, Prov Police

Sunday, October 04, 2015

 

Dunkin' Donuts has issued the following statement in response to a GoLocal report about a Providence Police officer who had #BlackLivesMatter written on his coffee cup on Friday.

"We are aware of the situation/slogan a crew member wrote on a cup served to a police officer in Providence," said Dunkin' Donuts in a statement.

"Dunkin’ Donuts and our franchisees share a commitment to the well-being and fair treatment of all of guests. The franchise owner has apologized to the police officer on behalf of Dunkin' Donuts, and he has counseled the employee, who has apologized for the incident," concluded the statement. 

Dunkin's refused to answer why the employee had not been fired and other questions.

As GoLocalProv reported earlier today:

A Providence Police officer went to purchase a coffee on Friday night and his cup had a message from a Dunkin' Donuts employee written on the cup, "#BlackLivesMattter."

The event happened at the Dunkin' Donuts located on Atwells Avenue at the corner of Bradford Street. 

William "Billy" O'Donnell posted a picture of the cup and a description of the events.

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O'Donnell's Facebook post:

"So my coworker just went to get a coffee Dunkin Donuts on Atwells Ave in Providence. The worker was immediately rude, and didn't appear to want to serve him in uniform. Upon leaving he noticed what she wrote on his coffee cup...#blacklivesmatter. ? Would you drink it? My suggestion...absolutely not, go to Starbucks. When is this silliness going to end. But if the store gets robbed she'll be calling us immediately to help AND we will because that's what we do!!!!"

Police officers are concerned about the incident and if anything was put into the cup by the worker. Mike Iamondi, Providence Police Patrolman and Providence FOP Vice President told GoLocal in a phone interview:

"We have to look at the possibility if "Black Lives Matter" is on the cup, is there anything else going into the cup? That is a possibility, given what's going on around the country. If a guy goes in for a cup of coffee at a place we know, where we're patrons at, and they've always been great with us, do we have to worry?"

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