NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Veterans from across southern New England have protested outside a popular Rhode Island donut shop that ended its police and military discount because of recent killings of Black Americans by police nationwide.
NBC-10 reports that veterans from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut held American flags and large, inflatable donuts as they staged a protest outside Allie’s Donuts in North Kingstown on Sunday.
Sal Caiozzo, who organized Sunday's protest, told the television station that the shop's decision to end the 10% discount was “disrespectful” to those who have served in the military.
Allie’s Donuts owner Matt Drescher has said he’s sorry that some people have been insulted by the move, but that he stands by the decision.
He said eliminating the special discount was meant to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement and an effort to treat everyone equally.
“We’re fed up,” Allie’s Donuts posted on social media earlier this month. “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. We will no longer offer military or police discounts. Thank you for your service, and shame on you for your silence.”