A Dunkin’ Donuts clerk in Brooklyn refused to serve two police officers on Sunday, July 30, saying “I don’t serve cops.”
The officers with the New York Police Department reported the incident and now the head of the detectives union is asking police to boycott the chain, according to the New York Post.
Detectives’ Endowment Association President Michael Palladino said the clerk’s blatant discrimination was “disgraceful and it should not go unattended.”
“I assume it is an isolated incident. Nevertheless, Dunkin’ Donuts corporate should issue an apology to the NYPD and until that happens, I have asked detectives and their families to refrain from patronizing the stores,” he said.
Paladino also blamed local politicians for inspiring such incidents by casting police in a negative light.
“Political leaders in this city have encouraged this type of behavior by constantly demonizing cops and pushing their decriminalization agenda,” he said.
Rank and file police officers are openly upset with city Mayor Bill de Blasio, and have repeatedly turned their backs on him at public events.
“It’s time for the same politicians to step up, take some responsibility and condemn what occurred,” Paladino added.
The two plainclothes officers went into a Dunkin’ Donuts at 993 Atlantic Ave. in the early afternoon to buy ice cream.
The officers waited in line behind a customer. They wore dress pants, shirts, and ties, but were wearing their badges and pistols on their belts. When it was their turn to order, the clerk ignored them and asked the man behind them for his order.
The man gave the clerk his order and told him that the officers were ahead of him in line.
“Yeah, I know, but I don’t serve cops,” the clerk replied.
The store’s manager disputed the account.
“These two men in shirts and ties—who I later found out were police—must have never come to this Dunkin’ Donuts before, because instead of waiting in the line where you order, they waited at the counter where you pick up your order.”
“You can see on the security tape: they stand here for five minutes, while other customers were being served. One customer even ordered ice cream, and they must’ve not like that because they left the store,” he added.
The manager would not allow The Post to see CCTV footage of the incident or reveal his name.
The manager also said that he “started getting phone calls from people saying they were police, asking, ‘Why didn’t you serve these officers?'”
“And I kept trying to explain that we serve everyone, we have nothing but respect for the police, and that they were standing at the wrong counter. It was busy at the time, and we were busy serving customers,” he said.