Unbeknownst to the employee, a Chicago police officer removed the lid of his coffee and found a disturbing item in it.
Vincent Sessler (25), a Dunkin’ Donuts employee was arrested for adding a little extra to the cup of coffee of a state trooper.
Sessler probably hoped that the officer would not notice what he did, but the officer opened the lid to take a closer inspection. But that doesn’t mean it is any less disgusting or disturbing.
On a Thursday evening at 10:20, an unidentified Illinois State trooper stopped by a Dunkin’ Donuts in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood of Chicago’s Southwest Side.
Sessler, a local CBS affiliate, reports that the police officer was in need of a pick-me up and ordered a large coffee. However, he received more than he expected when he arrived.
As the coffee was very hot, the officer removed the lid to let it cool. He’s glad he did, because he noticed a glob of what looked like spit floating above the surface. Police confirmed that the “large thick piece of spit” was actually saliva.
State police stated that “due to the hot coffee, the Trooper removed a lid from the cup in order to cool down the coffee.” “The Trooper saw a large, dense piece of mucus floating inside the cup, later confirmed to be spit.”
A thorough investigation revealed that Vincent Sessler was the culprit who had put a loogie in an officer’s coffee. Sessler, who was charged the following day with disorderly conduct and reckless conduct as well as battery against a peace officer, was arrested. Local troopers also decided to stop patronizing that Dunkin’ Donuts for their own safety. Who could blame them, really?
“This is outrageous, and disgusting.” ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly stated that the men and women who work for the Illinois State Police dedicate themselves to protecting the rights and lives of everyone in the state. “They deserve a better treatment than insulting and dangerous.”
A growing anti-police mindset is causing incidents such as this to become more frequent. In a similar case, a Los Angeles Police Department off-duty officer claimed that he had found a used tampon hidden in the drink he purchased at Target Starbucks. Target responded by saying it reviewed its security videos and had not detected anything suspicious.
In this case, it appears that the company is siding with the police. Dunkin’s statement to NBC News stated that the franchise owner fired Sessler immediately and condemned his behavior. “The behavior reported is inconsistent with our brand values,” said a spokesperson. “Dunkin’ is grateful to police officers for their tireless efforts to keep our communities safe. The franchise owner apologized directly to the officer for his experience.”
It’s not just disgusting or disturbing; it’s cowardly. It’s not a protest to spit in someone else’s drink, but a passive-aggressive and immature act that reveals the depravity the person responsible.
To target someone just because of their job is as stupid as it can get. Like anyone else working a long day, police officers should have the right to get a coffee and not worry about the person behind the counter being malicious.
They have plenty of other reasons to be wary when on the job — placing an order at a coffee shop or restaurant shouldn’t be added to the list.