- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Krispy Kreme has apologized to a Georgia police department after employees at a Smyrna restaurant handed an on-duty officer a doughnut box with “Black Lives Matter” scrawled on top.

The Smyrna Police Department said the officer received the box with “Black Lives Matter” written in black ink at the store on South Cobb near the East-West Connector. A photo of the box surfaced on the pro-police blog Blue Lives Matter, a local Fox News affiliate reported.

“We have been informed that an officer for the Smyrna police department received packaging today at one of our shops that contained writing on it,” Krispy Kreme said in a statement Tuesday.

“As a company, we value every customer and are committed to upholding our brand standards and delivering a superior customer experience,” it said. “We have opened an investigation into the matter and will take whatever steps necessary to ensure the values of our company are upheld.”

Smyrna police said they received a written apology on Wednesday from a Krispy Kreme representative, Fox reported.

“On behalf of all of us at Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, we sincerely apologize for the incident,” it read, in part. “We immediately initiated a thorough investigation internally… we have now addressed this matter directly with our staff at the shop and are taking appropriate action… Furthermore we will use this opportunity to train the staff at all of our US locations to reinforce proper respect for all our customers.”

The company didn’t say what actions would be taken against the employees involved in writing the message.

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