A U.S. Army Veteran will continue greeting customers at his local Dunkin’ Donuts after management’s order for him to stop caused an uproar on social media.
Army Veteran David Sydoriak has been regularly greeting the customers at a West Palm Beach, Florida, location of Dunkin’ Donuts for over 10 years, opening doors and telling each and every customer, “God bless.”
Several weeks ago, David was asked by store management to stop. They told him that some customers were bothered by what he was doing, according to WPTV.
When word got out, locals on social media were not happy. Customers, such as fellow veteran Harle Stick, threatened to start going to a different Dunkin’ Donuts location out of anger that David was told to stop.
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Seeing this response from the community, the franchise owner decided that Sydoriak would be allowed to continue saying “God bless” to customers.
Dunkin’ Donuts said that because David is not an employee of the franchise, he will be allowed to continue greeting the customers.
Sydoriak was touched that people wanted him to continue greeting customers.
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"I was tickled pink,” he told WPTV. “I mean it really uplifted my spirits because that saved my life believe it or not, just holding that door open.”
The Vietnam Veteran says that he will be more “delicate” about saying “God Bless” when a new face walks in the door.
Here is the statement Dunkin’ Donuts released about the incident.:
"We are aware of the situation in West Palm Beach, FL. Dunkin’ Donuts and our franchisees share a commitment to support the military and to providing an environment that is welcoming for all guests. The franchisee who owns and operates this location informs us that he spoke to the gentleman and welcomes him to continue greeting guests. "