Michael Palladino, president of police labor union Detectives’ Endowment Association in New York, announced Thursday that he ordered New York Police Department (NYPD) officers and their families to boycott the coffee chain Dunkin’ Donuts until the franchise apologizes for a controversial incident that allegedly took place Sunday in Brooklyn.
The New York Post first reported the incident, saying law enforcement sources told them a clerk at the store allegedly refused to serve two plainclothes patrol officers. The two plainclothes NYPD officers with visible badges on their shirts claimed they were denied service, as an employee told them “I don’t serve cops,” the New York Post reported.
According to the Post, the two detectives were trying to purchase ice cream. As they waited in line, the employee took the order of a man standing behind them in line instead of asking them first. When the customer told the employee the two detectives were ahead in line, the clerk allegedly replied, “Yeah, I know, but I don’t serve cops.”
A manager at the store, who did not wish to identify himself, told Gothamist it was all a misunderstanding.
He relayed the incident saying: “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. However, he did not let the Post or other outlets see the video. The store got several calls after the incident asking why they did not serve the officers.
Palladino told the Post the discrimination was “disgraceful and it should not go unattended.” Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD commissioner James O’Neill also criticized the Dunkin’ Donuts employee over the incident. De Blasio said the alleged behavior of the clerk was “illegal” and “unacceptable.”
“I don’t know the details and I wasn’t there, but if it’s what you describe, it’s someone being stupid and unfair to our police officers,” said De Blasio.
“Someone at Dunkin’ Donuts…