Dunkin’ Donuts is under fire after a sign in one of its stores was deemed racist by people online.
The sign was encouraging people to report any employees who were not speaking English, in exchange for free coffee and a pastry.
The sign was later confirmed to be in a Baltimore location of Dunkin’ Donuts.
Local NBC affiliate WBLA-TV first reported about the sign which sparked widespread outrage.
This sign is being displayed at a @dunkindonuts in Baltimore. General manager posted a sign asking customers to report employees not speaking English. Even offering a reward. #shocking pic.twitter.com/1kUr0lcYuY
— Gillian Morley (@GillianMorley_) June 18, 2018
Some people went as far as saying they would boycott the donut franchise.
— Rick (@AlanBPrickpal) June 18, 2018
Boycott D https://t.co/xY3yXaC9vv
— Daddy 4444 (@Kennymack44) June 19, 2018
Racism runs on Dunkin'. https://t.co/F3DWyhQHUq
— Jeffrey Disharoon (@atroxi) June 18, 2018
As of Monday, it was reported that the manager who put up the sign is no longer working there. Although, there was no confirmation whether the manager had been fired or had left.
Dunkin’ Donuts spokesperson Brynn Sandy shared that franchise owners “share the goal of creating a welcoming and hospitable environment for all guests.”
Sandy shared that whoever put the sign up did so “based on her own personal judgment to ensure those standards are being met.”
“While her intent was to address a customer service and satisfaction issue, the franchisee determined [the manager’s] approach was inappropriate and confirmed the sign has been removed,” Sandy said.