WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Dunkin’ Donuts staffer in Chicago was arrested Friday for allegedly spitting into a police officer’s coffee.
- An Illinois State Trooper found a “large, thick piece of mucus which was later confirmed to be saliva” in his cup of coffee on Thursday night.
- Dunkin’ immediately fired the employee and the franchise owner has reached out directly to the officer to apologize for the experience.
A Dunkin’ staffer in Chicago was arrested after an Illinois state trooper accused him of spitting into his coffee.
The incident happened at a store near Chicago Midway International Airport on Thursday night when the unidentified trooper purchased a large black coffee, according to a statement from Illinois State Police.
The state police said: “Due to the coffee being extremely hot, the Trooper removed the lid from the top of the cup of coffee in order to cool it down. The Trooper observed a large, thick piece of mucus which was later confirmed to be saliva, floating inside it.”
After investigation, state troopers arrested Vincent J. Sessler the following day, Illinois State Police stated, adding that the suspect was in Chicago Police Department custody Saturday.
Sessler was charged with suspicion of battery on a peace officer, disorderly conduct and reckless conduct.
Director Brendan F. Kelly of the Illinois State Police said officers and employees were instructed to not patronize that Dunkin’ location “for their safety.”
“This is outrageous and disgusting,” the director said in a statement. “The men and women of the Illinois State Police put their heart and soul into protecting the lives and rights of all people in this state every day. They deserve better than this.”
This is the latest allegation among a number of claims by police across the US being served tainted beverages since George Floyd’s death at the hands of police officers.
In June, three NYPD officers were sickened by tainted shakes served to them at a Lower Manhattan Shake Shack. But after investigation, NYPD concluded there was “no criminality” by the employees.
Also in June, an off-duty LAPD officer claimed he found a tampon in a Frappuccino he bought at a Target Starbucks. After reviewing a security video, Target said it did not find anything suspicious.
Dunkin’ issued a statement to NBC Chicago that the franchise owner has fired Sessler.
“Dunkin’ has a deep appreciation for police officers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe, and the franchise owner has reached out directly to the officer to apologize for the experience,” the company said.
Source: NBC News