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Coffee Clash

A federal court in Alabama dismissed a customer’s defamation complaint against the manager of a Dunkin’ Donuts that charged him extra for each pump of flavoring in his coffee order containing “seven creams, seven sugars, seven pumps of French vanilla swirl, and a single pump of caramel swirl.” The court cautioned both parties that “life is too short” to continue their dispute. 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A federal court in Alabama dismissed a customer’s defamation complaint against the manager of a Dunkin’ Donuts that charged him extra for each pump of flavoring in his coffee order containing “seven creams, seven sugars, seven pumps of French vanilla swirl, and a single pump of caramel swirl.” The court cautioned both parties that “life is too short” to continue their dispute. 

The manager told a newspaper that the customer, who is an investigator with the Alabama Ethics Commission, abused his position by telling taking a verbal statement from a store employee about its charging practices, which he perceived to be related to his race.

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