Chicago, IL – An Illinois State Police (ISP) trooper’s Dunkin’ coffee order contained a “larch, thick piece of mucus” that was later confirmed to be the saliva of one of the shop’s employees, according to investigators.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:20 p.m. on July 30, when the unnamed ISP trooper stopped by the Dunkin’ coffee shop located at 6738 Archer Avenue, WMAQ reported.
The trooper ordered a large, black coffee, then removed the lid to allow the hot beverage to cool down, according to the ISP.
But once the lid was off, the trooper realized there was a “large, thick piece of mucus” floating inside the cup.
An investigation was launched and the “mucus” was ultimately confirmed to be saliva, WMAQ reported.
The suspect, 25-year-old Dunkin’ employee Vincent Sessler, was arrested the following day on charges of battery on a peace officer, reckless conduct and disorderly conduct.
ISP Director Brendan Kelly said he was outraged and disgusted over the way the trooper was treated, WMAQ reported.
“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,” Director Kelly said. “They deserve better than this insulting and dangerous treatment. For their safety, ISP officers and employees will be prohibited from patronizing this location.”
Dunkin’ said in a statement that it aims to create “a welcoming environment” in all of its establishments, and that customers should all be treated “with dignity and respect,” MWAQ reported.
“The type of behavior reported to us is inconsistent with the brand’s values,” the company said.
Dunkin’ noted that the shop is independently owned and operated by a franchisee who immediately fired Sessler.
“The franchise owner…informs us that he took immediate action to investigate the matter and terminated the individual responsible for this reprehensible behavior,” the company told WMAQ. “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.”