‘Blacklivesmatter’ Scribbled On Cop’s Coffee Cup: Dunkin Donuts Employee Writes ‘Blacklivesmatter’ On Coffee Cup

“Blacklivesmatter” was scribbled on a cop’s coffee cup by a Dunkin Donuts employee in Rhode Island. The incident happened when a Providence police officer went into a Dunkin’ Donuts store Friday and noticed the slogan written on his cup. According to the Providence police union, the officer said an employee was rude to him.

Fox News reports that “blacklivesmatter” was written on the officer’s cup as a sign of hostility from one of the store’s employees. The term emerged last year after protests ignited over African Americans believing that they’re being wrongly targeted by law enforcement.

The Fraternal Order of Police calls the incident “unacceptable and discouraging.” Lt. Roger Aspinall, a union member, says that the slogan is “anti-police and the Black Lives Matter movement ‘condones violence against police.'”

The union simply states that “all lives matter.”

William “Billy” O’Donnell posted the image of the coffee cup with the “blacklivesmatter” slogan to his Facebook page and vented his frustrations.

“So my coworker just went to get a coffee Dunkin Donuts on Atwells Ave in Providence. The worker was immediately rude, and didn’t appear to want to serve him in uniform. Upon leaving he noticed what she wrote on his coffee cup…#blacklivesmatter.? Would you drink it? My suggestion…absolutely not, go to Starbucks. When is this silliness going to end. But if the store gets robbed she’ll be calling us immediately to help AND we will because that’s what we do!!!!”

(Photo Credit: Twitter)
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A similar incident in West Hartford, Connecticut, happened to another cop when he went in to get a cup of coffee. The main difference was “blacklivesmatter” wasn’t written on the cup, but the officer was met with a mean-spirited demeanor. This uncomfortable exchange at Dunkin’ Donuts was around the same time as the Rhode Island incident.

Fox News Connecticut reports when an officer was standing at the back of the line, an employee looked in his direction and loudly said, “He didn’t get the message. We don’t serve cops here.”

He supposedly left without saying anything or getting any coffee.

As the officer was on his way to his cruiser in the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot, the manager/employee approached him to apologize. The woman said she was “only joking” when she said they don’t serve police officers. The officer told the employee that she should apologize to the people inside the store who were offended at her comment. It was then that the employee returned to the store with the cop and issued her apology to the other patrons. She then offered the officer a free cup of coffee, but he declined and said he would be going to a different Dunkin’ Donuts store from now on.

According to the report, the manager was informed of the debacle and met with the police officer. The manager said she would meet with the manager/employee to deal with the situation.

Senior director for global public relations for Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., Michelle King, issued the following statement.

“We are aware of the situation at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 1234 Farmington Avenue in West Hartford. The crew member exhibited poor judgment and apologized immediately to the police officer. The franchise owner, a long-time supporter of local police, has also reached out to apologize on behalf of the restaurant. Dunkin’ Donuts and our franchisees share a commitment to the well-being and fair treatment of all guests.”

Going back to the Dunkin’ Donuts employee who wrote “blacklivesmatter” on the cop’s coffee cup in Rhode Island, there are other underlying concerns.

The hashtag #blacklivesmatter has made life for law enforcement much more difficult. Their every move is being heavily scrutinized. As Go Local Providence reports, Providence Police Patrolman and Providence FOP Vice President Mike Iamondi doesn’t trust a cup that has “blacklivesmatter” written on it.

“We have to look at the possibility if ‘Black Lives Matter’ is on the cup, is there anything else going into the cup? That is a possibility, given what’s going on around the country. If a guy goes in for a cup of coffee at a place we know, where we’re patrons at, and they’ve always been great with us, do we have to worry? This is unacceptable — all lives matter. We took great offense. Has it gotten to the point everywhere we go, do we have to wonder if someone is going to try and slip us something and without us knowing? Where does it end?”

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