Dunkin’ Donuts is apologizing for two separate incidents involving two young employees’ treatment of local police officers.
The incidents at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in West Hartford, Conn., and Providence, R.I., in no way represent the “company’s strong commitment to the fair treatment and well-being of all our guests,” Karen Raskopf, Dunkin’ Donuts Chief Communications Officer, told USA TODAY Network in a statement.
The incidents sparked outrage on social media as some called for the employees’ dismissal and others justified their actions.
On Friday, a member of the Providence Police Department noticed that instead of his name, #blacklivesmatter was scrawled on his cup, GoLocalProv.com reported. A Providence police union said the Black Lives Matter movement was only fueling tension between police and the black community, CBS reported.
“The negativity displayed by the #Blacklivesmatter organization towards police across this nation is creating a hostile environment that is not resolving any problems or issues, but making it worse for our communities,” The Executive Board of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #3 said in a statement, CBS reported. “They are doing this by increasing tensions amongst police and the people they serve.”
Source: USA Today | Mary Bowerman