A Chicago Dunkin’ worker was arrested Saturday after an Illinois state trooper accused him of spitting into his coffee.
The incident at a Dunkin’ location close to Chicago Midway International Airport allegedly occurred Thursday night time when the unidentified trooper ordered a big black coffee and appeared inside, in accordance with an announcement from Illinois State Police.
“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,” state police stated. “The Trooper observed a large, thick piece of mucus which was later confirmed to be saliva, floating inside it.”
State troopers investigated and arrested Vincent J. Sessler the subsequent day, Illinois State Police stated. He was in Chicago Police Department custody Saturday, state police stated.
Sessler was booked on suspicion of battery on a peace officer, disorderly conduct and reckless conduct, the state division stated. It was unclear Saturday night time whether or not he has an legal professional.
Illinois State Police Director Brendan F. Kelly stated officers and staff have been prohibited from patronizing that Dunkin’ location “for their safety.”
“This is outrageous and disgusting,” he stated in an announcement. “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.”
The allegation was amongst numerous high-profile claims by police throughout the nation being served adulterated drinks for the reason that in-custody loss of life of George Floyd in May sparked nationwide outcries for police reform.
In June, a New York Police Department union, the Police Benevolent Association, stated three officers were sickened by adulterated shakes served to them at a Lower Manhattan Shake Shack. But the NYPD appeared into the matter and concluded there was “no criminality” by Shake Shack staff.
Later in June, after an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer claimed he discovered a tampon in a Frappuccino he purchased at a Target Starbucks, Target stated it reviewed safety video and did not find anything suspicious.
In this case, it seems Dunkin’ is siding with authorities: The firm, previously often called Dunkin’ Donuts till shortening its identify final 12 months, stated in an announcement to NBC Chicago that the franchise proprietor 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 corporate stated.