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A Chicago Dunkin’ Donuts employee is now an ex-employee facing criminal charges after allegedly spitting in an Illinois State Trooper’s coffee.
Authorities arrested the suspect, 25, for disorderly conduct, reckless conduct, and battery to a peace officer, after the incident purportedly was captured by a security camera.
On Thursday evening, the trooper opened the lid of the cup of his just-purchased black coffee to let it cool down and allegedly spotted a large piece of mucus floating in the liquid. The substance was later confirmed to be saliva.
After an investigation, Chicago police made the arrest the next day. The law enforcement probe into the incident is ongoing. Multiple media outlets identified the suspect as Vincent Sessler.
In a Facebook post, a purported friend of the cop described what allegedly happened.
“Friends and family on the southwest side of Chicago, a friend of mine was in uniform and in his marked police vehicle at the Dunkin on Archer and Oak Park Avenue. He ordered coffee and due to it being hot he took the lid off.
“He observed what he suspected to be spit inside the cup. It was later confirmed via surveillance video that an employee spit in his cup prior to pouring his coffee. Feel free to share with anyone who may go to this location but I’m keeping his name and agency out of it.”
In a statement, the Dunkin’ Donuts chain explained that the local franchise owner “terminated the individual responsible for this reprehensible behavior,” adding that the company “has a deep appreciation for police officers.”
“The type of behavior reported to us is inconsistent with the brand’s values,” the statement noted.
For safety reasons, the director of the Illinois State Police has banned its officers from patronizing that particular store for their coffee-and-doughnuts break.
In announcing the ban, ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly characterized the incident as “outrageous and disgusting.”
Officers around the country from time to time in recent months have encountered resistance of various kinds from fast-food employees.
In June, three NYPD police officers were hospitalized when they fell ill after drinking milkshakes at a Manhattan Shake Shack that may have been tainted with bleach. After an investigation, the NYPD said there was no criminality by Shake Shack’s employees, but at least one union wasn’t buying that, insisting that it was done deliberately.
That same month, a viral video depicted a female Georgia police officer breaking into tears over an unusual delay at the McDonald’s drive-thru, which she suspected might involve food tampering.
In July, as many as seven Five Guys employees reportedly refused to serve a trio of cops in Alabama. The workers involved were either fired or suspended.
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