Looks like the New York City Police Department won’t be popping into Dunkin’ Donuts anytime soon after an apparent falling-out that started Friday when a worker at a Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins in Brooklyn allegedly refused to scoop ice cream for two 73rd Precinct detectives because they were cops.
Following the incident, police-union heads called for a boycott of the chain as part of a response that has now apparently turned into a movement, the New York Post reports.
On Sunday a police sergeant walked into a 73rd Precinct stationhouse with trays full of what the Post described as generic, corner-market cups of joe.
“No D&D in the 7-3,” the sergeant reportedly quipped.
A manager at the Dunkin’ Donuts at the center of the controversy apologized, with the parent company, Dunkin’ Brands, claiming that the store’s layout led cops to order at a closed register. But police are brushing aside that excuse as an insult.
The Post reported last week that the detectives were denied service by a clerk who apparently said, “I don’t serve cops.”
The cops, who were wearing suit pants, shirts and ties with their badges and pistols on their belts, reportedly got to the counter at the store, located in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant section, but were ignored by a clerk who then called up the man standing behind them to take that individual’s order.
The man gave the employee his order but then said, “These two guys were in front of me.”
“Yeah, I know,” the clerk reportedly responded, “but I don’t serve cops.”
A store manager said that the officers went to the counter where you go to pick up orders instead of going to the line where you place an 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 liked that because they left the store,” the manager, who wouldn’t give his name, told the Post.
Detectives’ Endowment Association President Michael Palladino called the incident “disgraceful.”
“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.