Dunkin’ Donuts employee accused of giving teens donuts tainted with bleach

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OAKTON, Va. — Virginia police are investigating a Dunkin' Donuts employee who is accused of giving a group of teens day-old donuts sprayed with cleaning solution.

The teens went to a Dunkin' Donuts at 2946 Chain Bridge Rd., a store where they previously were given free donuts that would have been thrown away at the end of the day, police said. They went to the store again Monday night, hoping to get more freebies.

The employee initially refused to give them the donuts when they asked, but then told them to come back later that night, according to police.

The teens got their free doughnuts when they came back. They began eating the donuts, taking "anywhere from one bite to a whole donut" before realizing they had an off taste, police said.

They called police, claiming the employee sprayed cleaning product containing bleach on the donuts.

The teens were not injured from eating the alleged tainted donuts.

Dunkin' Donuts sent a statement to WUSA on the incident, saying:

"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 involving a crew member at a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise in Oakton, Virginia.

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. As this is a pending police matter, it is inappropriate for us to comment further and, as such, any additional questions can be directed to the police department."