Dunkin’ Donuts apologized yesterday after learning of an incident in Providence where an employee handed a coffee cup to a police officer that had “#BlackLivesMatter” written on the side.
The incident caused a stir with the officer’s local union, the Providence Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #3. A statement from the union claims that the employee responsible was ”somewhat rude and appeared as though they did not want to serve the officer.” The statement also took a jab at the Black Lives Matter movement, saying that it makes life difficult for officers:
Providence FOP #3 finds this action to be unacceptable and discouraging. Members of this Union, who represent active and retired Providence Police officers adamantly, believe that ‘all lives matter.’… 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.
CBS News reports that Dunkin’ Donuts released a statement saying that the company is addressing the situation:
“Dunkin’ Donuts and our franchisees share a commitment to the well-being and fair treatment of all our guests,” the statement read. “The franchise owner has apologized to the police officer on behalf of Dunkin’ Donuts, and he has counseled the employee about her behavior.”