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New York Police Intensify Dunkin' Donuts Boycott Despite Apology

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They’re not letting the coffee chain off the hook just yet

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New York police officers are going hard on their boycott of Dunkin’ Donuts following an alleged discrimination incident last week — going as far as refusing to offer directions to people looking for the mega coffee chain.

A police union called for a boycott of the company last week after a Bed-Stuy employee allegedly denied service to two police officers. Corporate Dunkin’ has since issued a statement saying that the franchise owner has personally apologized to the officers, but police still seem to be avoiding the chain.

This weekend, a sergeant at the 73rd Precinct carried trays full of bodega brew into the station house, declaring, “No D&D in the 7-3,” and a Union Square officer refused to give directions to a nearby Dunkin’, the Post reports.

The events follow a backtrack from Dunkin’ spokeswoman Michelle King, who said that the store’s layout is to blame, since it has two register areas, one of which is not regularly staffed. Sergeants Benevolent Association boss Ed Mullins decried that explanation as “an insult,” telling the Post: “Basically, Dunkin’ Donuts is saying that the two officers in the store were too stupid to know where to order — while every other customer came in and knew where to order.”

Two plainclothes NYPD officers with visible badges claimed they were denied service last week for being police officers at the store at 1993 Atlantic Avenue. A store manager then disputed the account, saying the police simply weren’t standing in the right place to order. But the officers say the clerk explicitly told them, “I don’t serve cops.”

Both the mayor and NYPD commissioner James O’Neill decried the Dunkin Donuts employee for the incident, and there has been an outpouring of outrage on social media.

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