Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: The owner of a Dunkin' Donuts franchise told U.S. servicemen he would not serve them because "you are killing my countrymen."
Example: [Collected via e-mail, August 2007]
Origins: The years since the
For example, 2001 saw rumors of employees at a
All of these rumors proved to be false. (In the one case we've found where such a rumor seemingly had some truth to
The August 2007 e-mail reproduced above fits this pattern of rumors, telling a tale of two servicemen in uniform reportedly denied service by the owner of a Dunkin' Donuts franchise in Crown Point, Indiana, who rudely told them that "you are killing my countrymen and I will not serve you." We don't yet know how much truth (if any) there might be to this one, although both the CBS television affiliate in Chicago and the Munster, Indiana, Times reported on other military personnel who have patronized the same establishment while in uniform and experienced nothing untoward:
"Hard to believe that something like this might be going on in our community," said John Pitt of the Indiana Army National Guard.The Times also reported that the details of the e-mail were contradictory and could not be substantiated:
Pitt was among a group of Army National Guard members who arrived in uniform to test the message. "Just to see if there was any validity to it. And we were served. We had great service," he said.
Sgt. Aquiles Rendon, of the U.S. Marine Corps recruiting center in Crown Point, said he has not had problems visiting the Crown Point Dunkin' Donuts while in uniform. Other Marines at the recruitment center on the city square also said they frequent the business and never have experienced any problems. Some acknowledged receiving military discounts from the restaurant.
"It's never happened to me since I've been here," Rendon said of the rumored incident.
The owner of the Dunkin' Donuts store in Crown Point is female, the corporate office reported.Neither Dunkin' Donuts nor Mary Roth has responded to our inquiries.
"It should be noted that this store is under new ownership (since June 2007) and that such views are unequivocally contrary to her values as well as Dunkin' Donuts," a written statement from the corporate office states.
"We can't even verify if it happened or if something even remotely happened," Crown Point police Patrol Cmdr. Jim Poling said of the rumored situation with the soldiers.
One e-mail alleging the incident took place appears to have originated from Crown Point High School athletic secretary Mary Roth. It claims another school secretary's nephew was in the restaurant with another serviceman and that the two were denied service.
The Times spoke with Roth, and she admitted writing the
None of those contacted by The Times was able to identify an eyewitness to the rumored incident, nor did any of them know the names of the supposed military personnel victims.
Last updated: 5 September 2007
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