A former Dunkin’ employee in Chicago was arrested after an officer discovered mucus in his cup of coffee, said the Illinois State Police in a statement over the weekend.
Vincent J. Sessler, 25, was arrested on Friday, July 31, and he was charged with disorderly conduct, reckless conduct, and battery to a peace officer, said police in a statement.
An Illinois State Police District officer bought a cup of black coffee from the Dunkin’ shop at 6738 West Archer Avenue in Chicago on Thursday night, officials said. The officer removed the lid because it was “extremely hot” to cool it down before “observing a large, thick piece of mucus, which was later confirmed to be saliva, floating inside it,” police said in a release on Saturday.
Sessler is in custody at the Chicago Police Department’s 8th District.
“This is outrageous and disgusting. The men and women of the Illinois State Police put their heart and soul into protecting the lives and rights of all people in this state every day,” state police Director Brendan F. Kelly said in a statement. “They deserve better than this insulting and dangerous treatment. For their safety, ISP officers and employees will be prohibited from patronizing this location.”
Sessler has been fired from his job at the coffee chain, according to the Massachusetts-based firm.
“The type of behavior reported to us is inconsistent with the brand’s values. The franchise owner who independently owns and operates this restaurant informs us that he took immediate action to investigate the matter and terminated the individual responsible for this reprehensible behavior,” Dunkin’ said in a statement to WMAQ. “Dunkin’ has a deep appreciation for police officers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe, and the franchise owner has reached out directly to the officer to apologize for the experience.”