Doughnut Shop Cancels Its Police and Military Discount Citing ‘Racism And Injustice’
Allie's Donuts, a popular Rhode Island doughnut shop, took to social media to explain why it will no longer be offer discounts to police and military.
A Rhode Island doughnut shop, Allie’s Donuts, just took to social media to declare that it will no longer offer a discount to police and military personnel given the accusations of racism and injustice directed at cops right now.
Rhode Island Doughnut Shop Cancels Its Police + Military Discount
Well, it seems the cancel culture now extends beyond Hollywood to include … doughnut shops.
The official Instagram of Allie’s Donuts, which is located in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, posted the controversial announcement.
Store owners explained via their Instagram story that they were inspired to rescind the discounts after a recent incident in the town where a firefighter was allegedly profiled by a police officer.
“We’re fed up. Until local police takes action to solve problems with racism and injustice, Allie’s Donuts will choose to stand with the people of our great state,” the doughnut shop said, according to Fox News. “We will no longer offer military or police discounts. Thank you for your service, and shame on you for your silence.”
Allie’s Donuts announcing on their Instagram page that they will no longer offer police or military discounts to their customers with this message: pic.twitter.com/HFeTMGpZzS
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The Rhode Island donut shop is not the only establishment to discriminate against police and military personnel. There are increasing accounts popping up on social media of disrespect to those in uniform at fast food and other dining establishments around the country.
Allie’s Donuts Owner Speaks Out
Allie’s Donuts later updated its Instagram to apologize to anyone who was offended by this announcement. But in the same breath the shop’s owner made it clear that they would stand by the decision.
“Times are tough,” the store’s owner Matt Drescher told WKRN. “People everywhere feel unsafe, threatened, and unprotected in their community due to the color of their skin and — regarding those involved in community protection — the style of their working uniforms.”
“Allie’s Donuts believes the time is now to come together to find solutions to what has created so much fear and strife,” he added. “Together, as those with voices speak up, the people that can make a difference, will, indeed, make that difference.”
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Dear Rhode Island. We have some explaining to do… we hope that you are willing to stand and speak up with us during these very important and troubling times in America. We thank you all for your love, for your concern, and for your sacrifices. If you have the time, please read more about our stance in our story. #Together #itTakesAVillage #Love #Respect #Equality
Tensions and sentiments against American police officers are at an all-time high after the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota two weeks ago.
Since then, violent riots have spread throughout the country like wildfire. As have calls from Leftists to defund the police altogether.
Allie’s Donuts Backtracks
After receiving tons of backlash, Drescher did finally backtrack a bit. The shop owner said that he was just trying to support the Black Lives Matter movement. But also admitted that he had gone about it the wrong way.
“One of the mistakes that I have made in the past 24 hours, because I am as human, as human can be, and we all make mistakes, that message didn’t really convey my intention,” Drescher explained in a video posted to Instagram. “I just wanted to take away a privilege from people so that we could all be equal and make a donut worth the same amount to every single person that wanted one.”
“When I wrote the words ‘shame on you for your silence’ in my post and decided to take something away, to rip something that people who felt they were entitled to because of their amazing qualities and their superhero-like nature as everyone in the military branch and all of the police officers that do good in society, it was a little bit of a disservice,” he added.
Our Military And Police Deserve Doughnut Discounts
“I don’t hate the military, that wasn’t the point and it’s been twisted and I get it the attack was wrong and the approach was wrong,” Drescher said. “I am sorry if you were offended.”
We can all agree that what happened to Floyd was wrong. However, all cops should not need to pay for the actions of a few bad people.
The vast majority of police officers are incredible human beings. These men and women put their lives on the line every day to protect the rest of us. And they deserve not only our respect and admiration, but also a free doughnut every once in awhile.
Shame on Allie’s Donuts for robbing them of this opportunity, and for disrespecting them in such a public way.