Did a Dunkin’ Donuts employee spray donuts with a cleaning solution?
According to recent allegations made in Oakton, Virginia, that is exactly what happened.
WUSA 9 reports that a Dunkin’ Donuts employee is currently under investigation after police claimed he gave a group of teenagers tainted donuts.
The report states that the teenagers visited the Dunkin’ Donuts location Sunday, looking for free donuts. The company was not hosting a promotional giveaway, but the group of 14- and 15-year-old teenagers were allegedly given free donuts at that location in the past at the end of the day before they were thrown out. The teenagers were reportedly able to get the same deal on Sunday.
The very next day, according to police, the teenagers went back to the same Dunkin’ Donuts to get another batch of free donuts. Police claim that the Dunkin’ Donuts employee in question initially refused to give the teenagers anything several times. The teenagers apparently were persistent, so the employee eventually told them to come back to the store later the same day in order to get some.
According to PIX 11, the teenagers did not hesitate to jump right into their free snacks, eating “anywhere from one bite to a whole donut.” After they started eating their free donuts, however, the teenagers reportedly realized that something was not right. Believing that the free donuts had been intentionally tainted, they contacted police. According to WUSA 9, “the employee allegedly sprayed the donuts with cleaning solution containing bleach before giving it to the teens.”
Neither of the teenagers who ate the allegedly tainted donuts required medical attention. However, their parents are still trying to decide whether or not to pursue legal action and press charges.
In response to the incident, Dunkin’ Donuts provided WUSA 9 with an official statement, confirming the alleged employee’s termination and claiming that customer safety remains a top priority for the company.
“At Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants, the safety and well-being of customers is a top priority and we have stringent food safety standards for all restaurants. We are aware of the incident… In this instance, we have been informed by the franchise owner that he has terminated the employee involved and is cooperating fully with the local authorities.”
Dunkin’ Donuts concluded the statement by stating that it is “inappropriate” to provide any further comments in reference to the alleged incident since it “is a pending police matter.”
At another Dunkin’ Donuts location in Boston, there was another alleged tainting incident that occurred in 2011. According to My Fox Boston, two police officers were suspicious about a Dunkin’ Donuts employee’s behavior after they ordered coffee. The employee reportedly tried to sneak away and make their drinks out of sight. However, the police officers viewed a monitor in the location connected to a camera in the back room.
They allegedly saw the employee adding nasal mucus into their coffee. Once the location’s manager watched the security tape, he fired the employee in question. In addition to being unemployed, the former employee reportedly faced two counts of attempted simple assault.
The recent incident of alleged tainting at the Oakton Dunkin’ Donuts location is reportedly still under investigation.
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