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Police ponder boycott after Dunkin' Donuts snub

Two New York City police officers said they were refused service at a Brooklyn franchise location. A police union official said that officers could boycott the doughnut chain if it does not apologize to all NYPD officers. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A New York City police union is considering a boycott of a major doughnut chain after two Brooklyn officers were allegedly refused service.

The two officers, both of whom are part of the NYPD's 73rd Precinct's detective squad and the Detectives' Endowment Association police union, were refused service Sunday at a Dunkin' Donuts franchise location in New York City's Brooklyn borough. The officers were not in their uniforms at the time of the incident, but both were carrying their badges and pistols on their belt, WNBC-TV reported.

According to the police union, the Dunkin' Donuts employee ignored the two officers as they tried to order ice cream. The worker reportedly asked the man who was in line behind the two officers for his order. The man informed the worker that he was not next in line.

And that's when the worker allegedly told the man, “I know, but I don’t serve cops."

The franchise's manager, however, told Fox News that the police officers were initially refused service because they were standing at the wrong counter. The manager claimed the store's security camera footage supports that claim but refused to let Fox News see the footage.

Michelle King, spokeswoman for Dunkin' Brands, the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts, said in a statement that the owner of the Brooklyn franchise "contacted one of the police officers involved to personally apologize for any negative experience he may have had in his store."

WNBC reported that the owner also plans to meet with both officers to apologize for the incident.

NBC News Radio reporter Ethan Harp tweeted out the company's statement, which read, in part, "Dunkin’ Donuts has a long history of supporting local law enforcement and all those who do so much to ensure the safety of our neighborhoods and our country."

The statement did not include an apology to all NYPD officers.

Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives' Endowment Association police union, said that officers could boycott the doughnut chain if it does not apologize to all NYPD officers, who put their lives on the line daily to protect the people of the nation's largest city.

“I assume it is an isolated incident," Palladino told Fox News. "Nevertheless, Dunkin’ Donuts corporate should issue an apology to the NYPD and until that happens, I have asked detectives and their families to refrain from patronizing the stores."

Palladino said New York City's leaders, including Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, “encouraged this type of behavior by constantly demonizing cops and pushing their decriminalization agenda."

In a statement, de Blasio seemed to question whether the officer were even telling the truth.

"If it's what you describe, it's someone being really stupid and unfair to our police officers," de Blasio said, according to WNBC-TV.

Palladino called on the mayor and other New York City leaders to "step up and take some responsibility and condemn what occurred.”

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