A doughnut shop in Rhode Island has dropped discounts for police officers and members of the U.S. military until local police “takes action to solve problems with racism & injustice.”
Allie’s Donuts owner Matt Drescher, who said the idea was to support the Black Lives Matter movement, later apologized for his decision to do so and said he went 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 said 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 continued.
Drescher’s initial Instagram post caused an uproar.
In it, he said: “We’re fed up. Until local police takes action to solve problems with racism & injustice, @alliesdonuts will choose to stand with the people of our great state.”
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