Fox News reported that a Rhode Island doughnut shop has ended its practice of giving discounts to police and military in wake of the responses to the protests for George Floyd.
“We’re fed up,” the Instagram post said. “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 announcement said. “We will no longer offer military or police discounts. Thank you for your service, and shame on you for your silence.”
In a statement to WKRN, Allie’s Donuts owner Matt Drescher said, “Times are tough. 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.”
“Hopefully, we will not lose customers over our willingness to speak up,” he said. “We respect the military for their sacrifice, and their duty. We love every policeman, every fireman, every nurse, every National Guard member, every Naval recruit and officer and all of the men and women in the Air Force, Coast Guard, Army, and armed forces.”
Police and military members will not be forced to pay additional costs, rather they will merely be forced to pay the actual price.
It sent conservatives into full attack mode. At least one group started an anti-Allie’s Twitter account.
— No more Allies! (@No_More_Allies) June 7, 2020
Others chose to rant instead:
I’m thinking of organizing a “Support law enforcement” protest at @AlliesDonuts next Saturday unless they take down the nasty post, reinstate the discount, and publicly apologize to all the good law enforcement and military people out there.
— The Boss (@Americanboss17) June 7, 2020
SHAME ON YOU! STUPID decision to decide to no longer give a discount to military or police officers. Half of your customers will find another place to get donuts. OBVIOUSLY A BUSINESS RUN BY PEOPLE WITH ZERO RESPECT FOR THEIR CUSTOMERS.
— DanaAnne (@NoackDa) June 7, 2020
🛑 Call to SHUT DOWN @AlliesDonuts tomorrow morning. Bring your cars and take up as much LEGAL street parking as we can so customers can’t park. Bring signs, make noise, scare customers away. FUCK ALLIE’S let’s teach them a lesson. #alliesdonuts #allies pic.twitter.com/lobsNghYYh
— ThisIsReality (@ThisIsReality14) June 7, 2020
.@kirkminshow @kirkmin @BlindMike_ @BigSteve207 this is there we are at in the fucking world today. Look at this shit. Fuck @AlliesDonuts. Shitting on good men and women that defend our freedom on fucking D-day nonetheless. I hope their grandparents are rolling in their graves. pic.twitter.com/8DDO5Oes1K
— Studded Snow Tire Balls (@SnowTireBalls) June 7, 2020
.@alliesdonuts in my home state of Rhode Island chooses to give a middle finger to the military on D-Day anniversary. It's a bold strategy Cotton, let's see if it pays off for them. pic.twitter.com/CFSBF0Qn25
— Ian Prior (@iprior1177) June 7, 2020