Two Des Moines, Iowa Dunkin‘ employees are out of a job after refusing to serve an off-duty police officer. The incident took place last weekend at the restaurant chain’s location on East 14th Street.
Upon entering the Dunkin’ location, Sgt. Paul Parizek was out of uniform wearing a “blue line” hat. During an interview on local radio show, “Morning Rush,” the police officer said he regularly visits the Dunkin’ location. He says employees there know him as a law enforcement officer.
After approaching the counter, Parizek says the employee behind the desk refused to serve him. The employee then asked him to leave. “I said, ‘Are you serious?’ And she just kinda stared at me and I said, ‘What’s going on?’ She said, ‘We’re not gonna serve you today and you need to leave,'” Parizek said.
Despite being refused service, Parizek does not want to boycott the franchise. However, he hopes to hear an explanation for the employee’s behavior.
Dunkin’ later released a statement following the incident. The chain’s statement began by acknowledging the event. “We are aware of the incident that took place at the Dunkin’ restaurant, located at 1220 E 14th Street in Des Moines, IA. The employees’ behavior is not consistent with Dunkin’s goal of creating an inclusive, welcoming environment for all of our guests,” the statement reads.
In conclusion, Dunkin voiced its appreciation for law enforcement officers. “Additionally, Dunkin’ respects the efforts of our police force as they work to maintain a safe community for all of us. The franchise owner, who independently owns and operates this restaurant, informs us that the two individuals responsible have been terminated. The franchise owner has also connected with the police officer to apologize for the experience.”
[H/T Daily Mail]