Sunday, June 24, 2007

Dunky D's - Donuts Si, Illegals No

I love Dunkin' Donuts with a passion. I favor the flavor of their coffee (yummmmmmmmmmm)above that of Krispy Kreme (which isn't bad) and Starbucks (yeeeech *hurl*rowf*choke*).

I now love Dunky D's more than ever. Michele Malkin has posted a story about Dunkin' Donuts' efforts to fight illegal immigration by cooperating with government programs to screen potential employees.

Last spring, I praised Dunkin’ Donuts for volunteering to participate in a government database program to verify that workers are here legally. The company was responding to customer concerns about illegal employees. Only 6,200 out of the nation’s 8 million employers participate in the screening program. The company continues to be vigilant.

The Star-Ledger reports today that Dunkin’ is suing franchisees that it says were knowingly employing illegal aliens...

From the Star Ledger:

A bill that would require businesses to perform tougher background checks to make sure job applicants are not illegal immigrants has stalled in the U.S. Senate.

But in the meantime, the nation's largest doughnut chain has taken matters into its own hands, requiring all franchise owners to perform the background checks and moving to fire those they accuse of accepting fake IDs commonly used by illegal immigrants to find work.

So far Dunkin' Donuts has sued two franchises in New Joisey and more in other parts of the country.

In April, Dunkin' Donuts filed a lawsuit in federal court asking a judge to terminate the franchise agreement it has with two stores in Central Jersey, saying the owners knowingly accepted false documents, used false Social Security numbers and paid employees in cash.

The company has filed similar lawsuits seeking to sever ties with franchises in Boston, Atlanta and Florida, where it is has accused three franchises of hiring illegal immigrants.

The lawsuits come a year after Dunkin' Donuts became the most well-known corporation to enroll in Basic Pilot, a voluntary U.S. Department of Homeland Security program that allows employers to perform electronic document checks to verify that applicants are eligible to work.

Dunkin' Donuts was started in 1950 by William Rosenberg in Quincy, MA.

From 1990 until December 2005, Dunkin' Donuts was owned by the fwench (Allied Domecq PLC which was acquired by Pernod Ricard). In March, 2006, Dunky D's was sold to a consortium of three US private equity firms, Thomas H. Lee Partners, the Carlyle Group and Bain Capital LLP for $2.43 billion.

Yes, Dunky D's found its way home again.
I wonder if this cooperation with US immigration authorities would have occurred if the fwence still owned it? Somehow I doubt it.

So go ahead and stop by Dunky D's on the way to work tomorrow and grab a hot cuppa and maybe a few donuts for the guys at work.

Everytime Dunky Ds' cash register rings,
Somewhere a wetback gets his wings ...

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