The “hate cops” narrative in America remains in full effect, apparently.
A report surfaced last week of two plainclothes NYPD officers, with visible badges, who were denied service at a New York City Dunkin’ Donuts because they are police officers. The employee at issue allegedly said, simply, “I don’t serve cops.”
In response, Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, a police labor union, declared the employee’s treatment of the officers to be “disgraceful,” and said that “it should not go unattended,” at which point he called for NYPD detectives to boycott Dunkin’ until the company issues an apology.
Although Dunkin’ corporate has since made a statement saying “the franchisee who owns and operates this restaurant…contacted one of the police officers involved to personally apologize for any negative experience he may have had in his store,” that’s not the level of apology Palladino is demanding from the company.
“I know that Dunkin Donuts supports law enforcement, which is why I am disappointed that their official statements are weak and suggest denial,” said Palladino.
According to the New York Post, the NYPD boycott of Dunkin’ has spread well beyond the Detective Bureau. There’s even a report of a patrol officer at Union Square refusing to provide directions to the nearest Dunkin’ Donuts, responding to the inquiry by saying, “I’m not allowed to do that.”
Exacerbating the issue is an additional claim made by Dunkin’ corporate that the brouhaha was essentially the cops’ fault because they tried to order at a closed register. Police unions have referred to that explanation as “an insult.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large