A Rhode Island donut store announced on the anniversary of D-Day that it would no longer offer discounts to police officers or members of the U.S. military.
“We’re fed up,” the owners of Allie’s Donuts wrote on a now-deleted social media post. “Until local police takes action to solve problems with racism & injustice, Allie’s Donuts will choose to stand with the people of our great state. We will no longer offer military or police discounts. Thank you for your service, and shame on you for your silence.”
Local residents were enraged over the mom-and-pop donut shop’s decision – especially because of the timing.
“The only reason you have a store is because of brave men and women who protected this great country with their lives. Great time to do it too on D-Day anniversary,” one person wrote on the store’s Facebook page.
“Couldn’t be more disappointed in the lack of respect for our men and women in blue and our military,” wrote another. “I will no longer be an Allie’s customer and I will not be surprised if others choose not to support your stance. God bless the men and women who protect us every day, especially during these very uncertain times.”
Television station WJAR reports the ban on discounts was the result of an incident where a black firefighter alleged that he was targeted by police.
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Providence firefighter Terrell Paci told NBC 10 News he became the victim of racial profiling while in uniform this week outside of the Messer Street fire station, where he works.
The Providence Fraternal Order of Police denied the allegations Saturday and said a witness told police they believed the car Paci was in contained the suspects.
“A note to the officer who profiled the Providence firefighter the other night: That is an example of terrible job performance,” Allie’s wrote on in the now-deleted post. “If you were an athlete you’d be cut from your team. If you were our employee, we would fire you immediately. But, you are a police officer. And despite being the ones responsible for protecting the law, you may be considered ‘above it’ & face ZERO consequences for your mistakes.”
In its Instagram story, Allie’s Donuts says it is dropping police and military discounts. pic.twitter.com/D6Fl0RX1UC
— Ashley Cullinane (@AshCullinane) June 6, 2020
Very disappointed by my Facebook newsfeed today. For the record I am a military veteran and fully support @AlliesDonuts and their decision to discontinue police discounts. Discounts are a privilege, not a right. Its not like they’re refusing to sell to cops. pic.twitter.com/UeL9L7cKZS
— KJ (@MilksofAmnesia) June 7, 2020