A police officer from Coral Springs, Florida, is accusing a Dunkin' Donuts employee of putting soap in her coffee one day and a few days later pretending to spit in her coffee.
"She sat the coffee down on the counter and kind of looked at the officer and looked at the coffee and smirked again and walked away," Coral Springs Fraternal Order of Police President Glen Matonok said of the soap-tasting coffee, reports WTVJ.
When the police officer took a sip of the coffee, she "noticed a strong soap taste" and believes "they rang out a dirty dish rag into the coffee cup," the Coral Springs FOP wrote on its Facebook page on Sept. 28.
A few days later, the officer went back to the same Dunkin' Donuts store, where the same employee again acted suspiciously.
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“Takes the cup from ’em, motions like she’s gonna spit into the cup," Detective Paul Kempinski told WSVN. "The two, I understand, begin laughing, and finish making her coffee and give it to her. She says, ‘No, no thanks, I’d like to speak to a manager.' This was simply done because of officer’s profession and the uniform they wear.”
Dunkin' Donuts says it is investigating the situation. Although the Coral Spring FOP says it would prefer the employee be fired, the company has since placed the employee on paid suspension until it learns more.
"Dunkin' Donuts is nearly 100 percent franchised, and the Dunkin' Donuts restaurant in Coral Springs is independently owned and operated by a franchisee," the company said.
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Many on social media expressed their outrage over the incident.
"How sickening that police cannot go in and get a cup of coffee," responded one Facebook user to the Coral Springs FOP's post about the coffee. "The police protect all of us and this is how they are treated!"
Some were so upset, they thought the employee should be arrested.
"Spitting in or spiking an officer's drink (even with soap) should be considered assault on an officer and that officer should go back and arrest them," said one user.
"My mom has cancer and compromised immune system," he adds. "If one of them were sick or have hep C or anything catchy it can kill someone. If a person's staff is that out of control, they should all be fired."