Dunkin’ Does the Right Thing

posted at 9:31 am on June 1, 2006 by Bryan

Dunkin’ Donuts: legal workers only
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ACLU opposes – what else is new?
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Good for them! I just wonder how long it will be before they are forced to cave due to lawsuits, intimidation, violence, vandalism, ect…

ecamorg on June 1, 2006 at 9:51 AM

I don’t see any holes in that company policy.

Ba-da bump.

Prophet on June 1, 2006 at 10:01 AM

OH Dear, just as I start a diet, ‘Dunky Donuts’ makes me want to give them some of my money. And I will. No will power but I am all for their USA 1st stance.

Wade on June 1, 2006 at 10:09 AM

It’s called Corporate Responsibility and it’s nice to know that your donut dollar is going to support a family that’s here legally and pays taxes! Good for them! BUT MAKE THE SIGN BIGGER!!!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 1, 2006 at 10:25 AM

Good for the donut store!! But, just one question – is this vetting system that the government has in place FREE, or must a corporation PAY for this service? just curious.

pullingmyhairout on June 1, 2006 at 10:29 AM

How do you become part of the ‘basic pilot’? I don’t hire any illegals, but it would be a good way to show approval of it if I could join it.

Kevin M on June 1, 2006 at 10:31 AM

The link indicates that it’s free!


Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 1, 2006 at 10:33 AM

Best vent yet! An American company doin’ the right thing!
-side note- isnt this where all the cops hang out anyway?

shooter on June 1, 2006 at 10:42 AM

Excellent Vent.

But the REAL challenge is for you people to stop eating McDonald’s! Put the nuggets down! I bet more of you eat McDonald’s than eat Dunkin’ Donuts, and you KNOW McDonald’s hires illegals.

TheThink on June 1, 2006 at 10:45 AM

I just wrote Dunkin Donuts to let them know I support their decision and would support them with puchases any time I could. Let them know you support them. You know they are going to take heat from the La Raza/ Mecha / ACLU crowd! They need to know that middle America likes their decision.


brtex on June 1, 2006 at 10:45 AM

I too just wrote DD an email in support. I am sure they’ll get the minority who always scream and play the race card. We need to give our support to complanies like this. Thanks Michelle, for letting us know.

Follow the Law? What a concept

robman27 on June 1, 2006 at 10:51 AM

Many Dunkin Donuts are owned by Indians.

Legally immigrated Indians from India.

A great American success story.


easy87us on June 1, 2006 at 11:12 AM


This will tack on some extra time to my walking/jogging, but so be it.

I hope their profits skyrocket and other businesses start to see this policy as a good marketing tool.

thirteen28 on June 1, 2006 at 11:27 AM

Cool. There are so many food companies on my sh!t list* right now, I haven’t eaten in months.

*Like “http://i.cnn.net/money/pf/features/popups/fett_amis/subway_trayliner_large.jpg”>this one, and “http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1116038.cms”this one.

saint kansas on June 1, 2006 at 11:42 AM

I don’t eat donuts, but these guys have great coffee. I’m going to make a point of stopping there more and supporting them.
Actually, this is a BRILLIANT piece of marketing on their part and a great way for “us folks” to begin showing our elected airheads we mean what we say when we tell them we want this illegal nonsense stopped.

Sugar Land on June 1, 2006 at 11:47 AM

Congratulations to Dunking Donuts! Of course, its policy raises the question of why a mandatory check is not included in the “Comprehensive” immigration bill passed by the Senate. The answer is, of course, such an amendment was offered but was voted down by McCain and friends. The “comprehensive” measure is actually an open-border amnesty measure with a few “security” measures thrown in which are designed to not work, but to fool the public into believing the borders will be protected.

ptolemy on June 1, 2006 at 11:49 AM

We’re two hours from the nearest DD, but we have their coffee delivered once a month! Glad to hear about this.

MamaAJ on June 1, 2006 at 11:53 AM

I love Donuts.

I like the chocolate ones and those filled with cream ummm yummy!

As for your vent, Michelle, sorry, I wasn’t paying attention, my mouth was watering….

Going to the neighborhood Dunkin’ Donuts now…See ya!

CatholicConservative on June 1, 2006 at 11:58 AM

The hiring of illegals has always been a bit of an issue with me, as the I-9 (Employment Eligibility…Now issued under Homeland Security)form and it’s requirement of ID and proof was always a “must have” at the places where I worked and eventually did all of the human resources for.

The people who made it past the interview process had two choices…Provide the proof or demonstrate their ability to use the exit door.

It’s good to see one of the larger corporations make a point of it.

52Ranger on June 1, 2006 at 12:12 PM

Their breakfast croissants are pretty darn good to. I go to Mcdonalds twice a month for breakfast, think its time to go for the DD.

Wyrd on June 1, 2006 at 12:27 PM

Great Vent Michelle. I’ve also emailed DD to let them know our family supports what they are doing and further warned them that if they back away from this decision, we’ll be buying Krispy Kreme!!! Well, I’m off to buy a dozen legally made DD’s!

uchoosier on June 1, 2006 at 12:53 PM

I hope Dunkin Doughnuts has started a trend, and other large corperations jump on the bandwagon. The answer I belive to stop the hiring of illegals by both large corperations, and small business is to fine the employer for each illegal employee. When I was 16 yrs. old I had a job bussing tables at the local steak restaurant, I made damm good money. Today most restaurants employ illegals in my area. I feel sorry for the school kids today. The illegals are taking jobs from hard working Americans that love this country. We must controll our borders. If something is not done soon on are borders we will lose our country.

birdman on June 1, 2006 at 12:54 PM

And just when I’d finally learned to say, “¡Es hora de hacer los anillos de espuma!”

Jim Treacher on June 1, 2006 at 12:56 PM

I thought this type of blind, ridiculous nationalism died out with Hitler!

mxmat2 on June 1, 2006 at 1:03 PM

brtex THANKS FOR THE GREAT SUGGESTION! I just sent my note to them.

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 1, 2006 at 1:10 PM

Yeah, Dread…it’s called “corporate responsibility.” Check with other right-wing corporate icons like Enron and they’ll tell you all about it.

mxmat2 on June 1, 2006 at 1:12 PM

..Have been wondering why nobody here (or in other blogs I’ve seen) has questioned the objectivity of Sen. Harry Reid, re: the “slight possibility” that there just might be more than a few employees in the casinos,restaurants and hotels in the great state of Nevada, that really shouldn’t hold jobs because they are here illegally; and just “might” have used forged documents to obtain those positions…hmmm…D’ya think??

Sorry to say that there are no Dunkin’Donuts here…But, e-mailed them anyway…

Ben Here on June 1, 2006 at 1:37 PM

What are you on about, mxmat2? For a “right-wing corporate icon,” Enron hasn’t gotten much right-wing love here.

saint kansas on June 1, 2006 at 1:48 PM

mixmat2 Maybe we should talk about left-wing “corperate icon” Martha Stewart. There are thousands of publicly owned companeys listed on the New York, American, and Nasdasq stock exchanges, that employ millions of people. Mixmat2 are you trying to say all corperations are evil, or just “right wing corperations”?

birdman on June 1, 2006 at 2:17 PM

Mxmat, if you consider following the law blind nationalism, well that is your opinion. I would not suggest using that line should you ever get pulled over by our nations LAW enforcement, they may not see it that way. And I pray you never require those same officers to save your skin with their hitler like blind nationalism. You may be considered a hypocrite.

jcon96 on June 1, 2006 at 2:38 PM

Whooosh… obeying the law is now “Hitlerism”?

Yea yea,I know… don’t feed the trolls.

bloviator on June 1, 2006 at 3:09 PM

Let them eat doughnuts.

saint kansas on June 1, 2006 at 3:17 PM

One of the bigger problems of open borders is that you have no idea who comes in and what diseases they may be carrying. Public health screening at the border would stop the rise in TB in this country.

Right now in Boston, very close the Dunkin Donuts corporate headquarters, the health department is trying to stay on top of a measles outbreak.

Who do you want handling your food?

Mmm! Donuts…

fluffy on June 1, 2006 at 3:42 PM

Mxmat: Apparently you were not a business major! If you were you would have learned in Business 101 that Corporate America is neither right nor left! They belong to the Opportunist Class and, not unlike our elected representatives, will gladly take both sides’ money!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 1, 2006 at 3:52 PM

Well, if there were any Dunkin Donuts around here, I’d patronize them. If I ate donuts anyway.

So the ACLU is upset by what Dunkin Donuts is doing huh? Well, I’m surprised that they have time to worry about it, now that they have started suing cities that have laws keeping ex sex offenders away from children in public schools, parks, or wherever. Yea, apparently it’s against the pedophiles civil rights to not be allowed near other peoples children after they are released from prison. Yea, right.

NRA4Freedom on June 1, 2006 at 3:59 PM

About three weeks back, I went to the on Campus DD and they had posted signs in English and Spanish that basically stated the same – that they only hire people who are legally authorized to work in the US. I was very proud of DD, glad to know its a national effort and that they’ve gone public with it.

LaVentanita on June 1, 2006 at 4:30 PM

I just sent in my email of support to DD.

And isn’t it sad that a corporation pledging to follow the law is so uncommon that it’s generated such news… maybe some of the other corporations (right, left, or opportunistic) will follow suit.

dalewalt on June 1, 2006 at 4:36 PM

Loved the Monty Python grab that flashed by when she said “a wink and a nudge”. KILLER!!!

DirkBelig on June 1, 2006 at 4:57 PM

you are getting slammed, and it is well deserved. as a native houstonian, i know that Enron gave as much cash to dems as they did to reps. also, i DO believe that mr. lay spent some time in the lincoln bedroom while CLINTOON was president. you might want to keep your mouth shut about “right-wing corporate icons” (if there is any such animal). they employ an awful lot of folks, provide an awful lot of benefits (healthcare comes to mind), pay a LOT of taxes and offer pretty good 401K’s to boot.

pullingmyhairout on June 1, 2006 at 6:06 PM

Yeah, and Gulag oops, I mean Google isn’t an evil corporation, helping the ChiComms squelch dissent. Probably getting ready to do the same to right-wing american blogs. mxmat, back to the yahoo message boards, you’re out of your league.

I just sent my email too. Never been to a DD but I’m going to order some coffee.

Go Capitalism go! Let the market decide what the people want! If people pay extra for “organic” stuff they WILL pay more or go to more effort for legal American stuff. I know I will.

NTWR on June 1, 2006 at 7:35 PM

BZ to Dunkin Donuts!

Now, if only we could get the New Jersey gas stations to follow suit…

Is it a New Jersey Law that all gas station attendants must be Arabs or Muslim??

Are THEY here legally??

Richard Davis on June 1, 2006 at 8:06 PM

a small victory!

michelle- thanks for all your great works,
i’ve said it before and i will say it again:michelle in 08

mike hale on June 1, 2006 at 9:00 PM

Sorry, guys. Was just trying to get your collective goats. Did it work? ;-)

mxmat2 on June 1, 2006 at 10:55 PM

Too bad DD is a privately held company. I wanted to buy a few shares of their stock today to show my support. I hope their competitors follow suit.

Wouldn’t it be a great prank to copy one of DD’s “we only hire LEGAL workers” signs and post it on the entrance to some of the Tyson Foods meat processing plants? (Especially the ones that let their workers know several days in advance of May Day they’d be shutting down in support of the indentured serf parades).

I’m looking forward to seeing the ACLU in action over the DD situation. Perhaps Reid, Kennedy, and McCain can join a few of the ACLU’s lawyers and do a cover of “We Are The World”?

Then again, better not… Bush might find out and throw another Billion $ at Africa….

Dave Shay on June 1, 2006 at 10:56 PM

Man, I’m so glad there is a coffee/donut place I don’t need to boycott for one reason or another. Only problem is there aren’t many DD’s down in here in the Peoples’ Glorious Revolutionary Republic of Austin; only time I ever saw them was when I was travelling through the northeast. Last time I got to go to one was in Boston. I could not believe how good their coffee tasted. mmmm…donuts.

austinnelly on June 1, 2006 at 11:28 PM

austinnelly , there isn’t one here in odessa either.
But I have plenty of family members that live in places that have them and i’ve called them to let them know…
Believe me they listen to me..
Hey did anyone hear about some school in ca. that is only for the hispanics Children and a radio station found out and sent a reporter and some guy was trying to beat him up….But only took his tape, this was on fox and lou dobbs.

alyce on June 2, 2006 at 12:06 AM

Does Hommer Simpson eat Dunkin’Donuts? :d
Lou Dobbs should promote Dunkin’Donuts on his show as they get the message.

Brah on June 2, 2006 at 1:06 AM

“Mmmmmm, donuts”

hadsil on June 2, 2006 at 1:37 AM

Hey Alyce, Michelle has a link to the “recopnquista” school story on her main page

Wyrd on June 2, 2006 at 7:38 AM

I’ve always been a Krispy Kreme girl myself, but until hear that they’re hiring only legal workers, I’ll be switching to DD. Is there a list of the other companies who are using Basic Pilot, so we can support them as well?

BeachBaby on June 2, 2006 at 8:04 AM

What a coincidence! I have just begun purchasing Dunkin Donuts a few days ago after many years of not indulging. It is good to see a food company that does NOT have PC as one of the main ingredients in their food products. It is nice to see that DD has the corporate balls to go against the trend to hire and coddle illegal aliens and to only hire American citizens and legal immigrants.

Perhaps products purchased from companies that hire illegal aliens should be paid for with the Jorge Bush peso instead of American currency.

The ACLU,La Raza, La Mecha, La Chupacabra…screw them all with a pneumatic drill…on full power!

Great vent, Michelle!

The False Dervish on June 2, 2006 at 8:42 AM

Dave Shay, I’ll see your posting the WE ONLY HIRE LEGAL WORKERS outside a Tyson plant and raise you posting one ON THE TEX/MEX BORDER! Maybe I’ll hit the lottery and purchase a billboard. Hummmm

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 2, 2006 at 8:57 AM

Update: This should do nicely! So long Senate Immigration Bill


Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 2, 2006 at 10:25 AM

I don’t know Alyce, must be a Texas thing. We don’ be havin no donuts roun’ here..:) As to Homer Simpson, he eats anything. Fugu me! (no, that is not a bad word; it’s from the episode with the puffer fish; they wouldn’t serve him and he started yelling until they did; I have no idea how to spell that..I can barely spell english words, much less japanese.)

austinnelly on June 2, 2006 at 10:57 AM

It’s nice that they are doing this, but I still won’t go into a Dunkin Donuts. The ones around me have employess that are horribly rude, and lets face it, the donuts are pretty damn crappy. I’ll pay the extra to get them from the local bakery.

TinFoilChapeau on June 2, 2006 at 4:13 PM

Does Hommer Simpson eat Dunkin’Donuts? :d

At least one Halloween episode reveals him as a patron of “Lard Lad.”

saint kansas on June 3, 2006 at 6:22 AM

In addition to sending an email to DD, you might want to summarize the story and send a note to Krispy Kreme telling them you’ll be patronizing DD until KK begins a similar policy.

gilbert_sundevil on June 4, 2006 at 1:15 PM