BROWNSVILLE, Brooklyn — Two NYPD detectives were allegedly ignored and denied service at a combo Dunkin’ Donuts-Baskin Robbins store in Brooklyn on Sunday, the president of the detectives union said.
The two investigators entered the store at 1993 Atlantic Ave. in between cases around 12 p.m. to purchase ice cream from the Baskin Robbins section of the store, the detectives union said. The detectives were not wearing suit jackets, so their shields clipped to their belts and holstered guns were visible.
The detectives got in line behind someone who was already being served, union officials said. A man got in line behind the detectives, and a woman with two children joined the line after.
The employee behind the counter allegedly ignored the detectives and asked the man behind them in line, “Can I help you?” The man responded that the detectives were ahead of him in line.
According to the union, the employee answered “Yeah, I know, but I don’t serve cops.”
The cops heard the comment, but they did not respond, union officials said. The man behind them in line was served, and the employee asked the woman and children in line what they wanted.
The officers then left the store and went to another Dunkin’ Donuts store on Eastern Parkway before returning to work.
“I think it’s disgraceful but I’m really not surprised," Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives' Endowment Association said to PIX11 News' Shirley Chan. "And there’s some shared responsibility here of course there’s some degree of responsibility on the clerk for his ignorance but there’s also some responsibility on the part of elected officials who have encouraged this type of behavior for their constant bashing of police officers and the decriminalization agenda, so although I’m shocked I’m not surprised.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio commented on the incident, saying that refusing service is “illegal" and "unacceptable.”
De Blasio said that there has been a decrease in complaints against police officers over the past four years, and “that tells a hell of a lot more than some jerk at a Dunkin Donuts.”
The corporate spokesperson of Dunkin’ Donuts said that the store’s owner apologized to one of the detectives and plans to meet with the officer this week.
“Dunkin’ Donuts has a long history of supporting local law enforcement and all those who do so much to ensure the safety of our neighborhoods and our country,” Michelle King, the senior director of global public relations at Dunkin’ Donuts, said in a statement. “Our franchisees are committed to serving each and every guest with respect and courtesy.”
Palladino initially called for a ban of Dunkin' Donuts by all detectives union members and their families, but he ended the ban after the response from the company.
"I respect the response from headquarters and I think they can use this as a learning process I think from what happened here they should start ordering their franchise to start giving their employees a little sensitivity training and maybe check their politics at the door before they punch into work," Palladino said. "After all, police officers, they don’t want special treatment. They would like equal treatment.”