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In South Boston, man learns it's not a good idea to rob a donut place a cop has just walked out of

Dropped drinks

Drinks dropped in pursuit of robber. Photo by BPD.

Boston Police report an officer on a drinks run for his district at the Andrew Square Dunkin' Donuts early this morning was forced to drop the beverages to arrest a man who was trying to rob the place.

Police say the officer had just placed an order for several caffeinated beverages and one orange juice when a man came in and asked to use the restroom - only to be told they didn't have one and to try up at the South Bay Mall. The cop gathered his drinks and walked out to his cruiser, parked in the back of the shop:

As the officer approached the car, a Dunks employee burst through the rear door, exclaiming in fear, “He’s robbing us! He’s robbing us!” The officer instinctively sprang into action (so quickly and with such abandon, in fact, that he dropped the coffee on the ground!) and responded to the front entrance. The officer took up a tactical position and maintained a visual on the suspect as the suspect picked up a brown paper bag and headed to the exit. The suspect walked out the door only to be greeted by the officer as he emerged from the doorway. Once outside, the suspect dropped the paper bag, and the officer placed the suspect into custody without further incident. The officer recovered the paper bag and the several hundred dollars of stolen US currency inside.

Stephen M. White, 51, was charged with unarmed robbery and threats to do bodily harm, police say.

The grateful employees replaced the spilled coffee, police add.

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not to make light, but reminded me of this commercial from the 90s when there were car chases on the news all the time. Hands down best commercial for Dunks (I thought it was the news first time I saw it):

http://www.jonathandavid.la/filter/Commercial/Dunkin-Donuts-Chase

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If there's a uhub trophy wall, this story deserves to be on it.

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N/t

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would have sucked down a large iced (black one sugar) and then unloaded his .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, on those poor unlucky punks.

great job BPD!

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well maybe in one of his later movies.

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Did he just get here from LA or Tuscon or something? I mean, how stupid do you have to be to rob a Dunks? You'd have better luck robbing the police station!

I asked my son if he was concerned about working the Dunks "drive-thru" overnight and he laughed. "There's ALWAYS a cop or two around - either inside or in the parking lot". Safest place in town!

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Kudos to the cop doing his job well but it would have been just as compelling of a story if they didn't include the part about him dropping the drinks. Dropping $6 worth of drunkins isn't much of a personal sacrifice or particularly surprising.

It would be more interesting to see a photo of the suspect or even the cop with DD staff -- the photo just looks like something out of a Citizen's connect complaint. (Which leads to the question, did anyone pick up these cups after photoing them?)

Still, good job by the officer and the DD employees too.

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I'm betting that the staff had pulled up the order and remade all the stuff before he had the guy in the car.

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My understanding is that cops don't pay at most takeout places. I was at a Wendy's with some people, and one of them had some item on him that the counter person associated with policemen (not a badge or any other obvious-to-me thing). He had to tell them that no, he wasn't a cop, and wanted to pay for his order. It was all very discreet, up to when he said that, so no one would have noticed.

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I thought cops didn't pay for coffee pretty much anywhere.

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The cops always paid for coffee and food. Once I didn't add the charge for an extra egg on a cop's sandwich. He told me the total was wrong and insisted on paying the full amount.
They were always super friendly and we felt safer knowing they came by regularly.

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My boss told me he would fire me if he ever caught me charging a cop.

Of course, that was back about a century ago.

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Maybe you should call 311 and complain about the litter? Or maybe DD in general?

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Hello. I'm a Boston cop.

In my ten years, I have never not paid for coffee. Racking my brain, only maybe two or three times has another customer in line paid for mine. But the employees themselves have never given it to me for free.

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Great job by BPD and the Dunkin' Donuts worker but how long before D.A. Dan Conley (D-Boston) and a liberal judge reduce this to Larceny from a Person (pickpocket) and allow the defendant out to slash a couple of doctor's throats? Or does that policy only apply to people facing deportation?

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You forgot to blame this on Obama too. You know you want to. Go for it.

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Tel us again about the time you called the Philippines and cancelled your Globe subscription. Don't forget to include all the details about how many calls she had received and how she begged you not to leave. Love that story.

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Does his SSN match his place of birth?

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BPD doesn't pay for coffee there so I'm not impressed with the dropped-coffee part. If it was a "Oh you just a Transit Cop that'll be..." well, whole different story.

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Dunks cannot legally comp coffee to the cops, and they can't legally take it.

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Please show me exactly which law you are referring to.

They absolutely can comp and they cops can absolutely accept it as long as the value it $49 or less.

Most 7-11's offer free coffee and fountain sodas to all on duty cops. It's good business.

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Anyone in civil service is trained on this - meaning all public employees.

http://www.mass.gov/ethics/summaries-of-the-law-in-english-spanish-portu...

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Please show me where on that page it says "per year" or "annually". SPOILER ALERT - It doesn't.

Sincerely,
A trained public employee

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And I want to see your certificate.

To answer your question, check out section III (B.)

It actually says

Meals, entertainment event tickets, golf, gift baskets, and payment of travel expenses can all be illegal gifts if given in connection with official action or position, as can anything worth $50 or more. A number of smaller gifts together worth $50 or more may also violate these sections.

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I'm still looking for the "per year". Still not seeing it.

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It's aggregate, so technically you are right. That said, go back to the link and read the example given.

I can't believe my taxes go to people who cannot understand what they are required to learn.

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I think it is actually $49.99 or less. ;-)

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You're definitely 100% wrong.....bro

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I worked there...Police pay half. It's worth it for the security it provides.

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