A Dunkin Donuts employee at a store in Chicago has been arrested after a police officer found what was determined to be saliva in his coffee cup, according to state police.
Illinois State Police said in a statement on Saturday that an investigation confirmed the presence of saliva in a cup of coffee purchased by a District Chicago trooper last week.
The trooper saw a large, thick piece of mucus floating inside the cup after he removed the lid to cool it, police said.
Vincent J. Sessler, a 25-year-old employee at the store, was arrested Friday by state troopers. He is charged with disorderly conduct, reckless conduct and battery to a peace officer.
This is 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, Illinois State Police Director Brendan F. Kelly said in a statement. They deserve better than this insulting and dangerous treatment.
Kelly said officers and state police employees will be prohibited from patronizing the Dunkin Donuts location for their safety.
Dunkin’ Donuts said in a statement it is aware of the incident and called it “inconsistent with the brand’s values.”
“The franchise owner who independently owns and operates this restaurant, informs us that he took immediate action to investigate the matter and terminated the individual responsible for this reprehensible behavior,” the company said. “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.
This report was updated at 10:49 a.m.