A Dunkin’ Donuts employee in Ohio says he was solely joking when he advised an officer “I don’t serve cops.”
Tay Brown, who was fired for the comment the subsequent day, was working on the Dunkin’ Donuts in Lakewood when Officer Frank Garmback of the Cleveland Police stopped by on Friday morning, Fox eight studies. Based on Brown, he was making small-talk with Garmback whereas a co-worker was taking his espresso order.
“And I simply made a joke like, ‘I don’t serve cops anyway,’” Brown advised Fox eight.
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The response from Garmback was instant, Brown says.
“And so he was identical to, ‘What?’ Earlier than I might say the rest, he is like, ‘I am not even gonna provide you with guys my enterprise.’ The following morning I woke as much as a cellphone name saying it was over with for me.”
Brown claims he had no concept that Garmback was one of many officers concerned within the 2014 capturing of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who was taking part in with a pellet gun in entrance of a leisure middle.
Garmback, who drove the police car to the scene of the 2014 capturing, was not the officer who fired at Rice. Nevertheless, he was suspended for violating a tactical rule relating to his strategy to the gazebo the place the boy was shot.
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Brown additionally added that he’s “made jokes” with all types of cops and state troopers that go to the Dunkin’ Donuts, however the store’s co-owner, Paul Patel, advised Fox eight that Brown’s actions had been no laughing matter.
“That’s not a joke,” Patel mentioned.
Brown advised Fox eight he has tried to apologize to Garmback.
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The incident echoes the same one from August 2017, throughout which a Dunkin’ Donuts worker was accused of denying service to 2 plainclothes officers in Brooklyn.
The supervisor personally apologized to one of many officers, however disputed their accusations, citing safety footage that confirmed the officers had been ready on the pick-up counter, quite than the world the place one would order.