A Chicago Dunkin ’employee was arrested on Saturday after an Illinois state soldier accused him of spitting in his coffee.
The incident at Dunkin ‘near Chicago Midway International Airport is believed to have occurred Thursday night when the unidentified soldier ordered a large black coffee and looked inside, a state police statement said. from Illinois.
“Because the coffee was extremely hot, the Trooper removed the top cover from the coffee cup in order to cool it,” state police said. “The soldier observed a large, thick lump of mucus which was later confirmed to be saliva, floating inside. “
State soldiers investigated and arrested Vincent J. Sessler the next day, Illinois State Police said. He was in the custody of the Chicago Police Department on Saturday, state police said.
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Sessler was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery on a peace officer, disorderly conduct and reckless driving, the State Department said. We didn’t know Saturday night if he had a lawyer.
Illinois State Police Director Brendan F. Kelly said officers and employees were prohibited from frequenting this Dunkin location “for their safety.”
“It is outrageous and disgusting,” he said in a statement. “The men and women of Illinois State Police put their hearts and souls into protecting the lives and rights of everyone in this state every day. They deserve better than that.
The allegation was among a number of high-profile complaints by police across the country being served adulterated drinks since the in-custody death of George Floyd in May sparked nationwide protests for reform of the the police.
In June, a New York Police Department union, the Police Benevolent Association, said three police officers were sickened by adulterated shakes served to them in a Lower Manhattan Shake Shack. But the NYPD looked into the matter and concluded that there was “no crime” on the part of Shake Shack employees.
Later in June, after an officer from the Los Angeles Police Department on leave claimed to have found a tampon in a Frappuccino he bought from Target Starbucks, Target said he reviewed the security video and didn’t found nothing suspicious.
In this case, it looks like Dunkin ‘is siding with the authorities: The company, formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts until its name was shortened last year, said in a statement to NBC Chicago. that the franchise owner fired Sessler.
“Dunkin ‘deeply appreciates the police officers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe, and the franchise owner has contacted the agent directly to apologize for the experience,” the company said.