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A worker at a Chicago Dunkin’ was arrested on Saturday after allegedly spitting in a state trooper’s coffee.
According to state police, the trooper ordered a large black coffee on Thursday night, and removed the lid since the beverage was hot.
“The Trooper observed a large, thick piece of mucus which was later confirmed to be saliva, floating inside it,” state police told NBC News.
Police investigated, and the worker, identified by NBC as Vincent J. Sessler, was reportedly arrested the next day for suspicion of battery and disorderly conduct.
Illinois state police director Brandon Kelly said police “deserve better than this.”
A Chicago Dunkin’ worker was arrested Saturday for allegedly spitting on a state trooper’s coffee.
NBC News reported that the incident allegedly occurred at a Dunkin’ near Chicago’s Midway Airport on Thursday night. According to Illinois state police, the trooper ordered a large black coffee, and then removed the lid since the drink was “extremely hot.”
“The Trooper observed a large, thick piece of mucus which was later confirmed to be saliva, floating inside it,” state police told NBC.
After an investigation by state troopers, law enforcement subsequently arrested the worker, identified as Vincent J. Sessler, for suspicion of battery on a peace officer, disorderly conduct, and reckless conduct, per NBC.
Illinois state police director Brandon Kelly said in a statement that the Dunkin’ location in question was now off-limits to officers and employees, “for their safety,” and called the incident “outrageous and disgusting.”
“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,” Kelly said.
The incident is the latest in a series of recent tensions between restaurant workers and police officers amid nationwide protests against racism and police brutality.
In July, several Five Guys employees in Alabama were fired after refusing to serve a group of police officers.
And in June, an off-duty Los Angeles police officer encountered a mysterious cloth substance in his drink from a Starbucks, and claimed that it was a tampon placed there “intentionally” because he was law enforcement.
A subsequent investigation revealed that the “furry cloth substance” was potentially a cleaning cloth used by employees, and investigators were “unable to prove malicious intent on the part of the store employee.”
Also in June, a group of NYPD officers complained of tasting a suspicious substance in their milkshakes after ordering from a Shake Shack in Lower Manhattan. Several police unions reported that the officers were intentionally “poisoned” with bleach and fell ill after ingesting the milkshakes, but a later investigation revealed no evidence of foul play.
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