The most Massachusetts political scandal ever

In what other state would Dunkin' Donuts coffee figure so prominently in a federal corruption indictment? The lengthy indictment against former state Sen. Brian Joyce features page after page about Dunkin' Donuts coffee - hundreds and hundreds of pounds of the stuff, in bags and boxes and K-cups - that the owner of more than 100 Dunkin' Donuts franchises allegedly gave Joyce in exchange for legislation aimed mainly at protecting the guy from suits over the pooling of employee tips.

In or about January, 2015, following defendant Joyce's request for 500 pounds of coffee at cost, the Franchise Owner provided approximately 504 pounds of Coffee Franchise coffee - approximate retail value $4,278 - at no charge to defendant Joyce.

That 504 pounds came with Joyce (the indictment doesn't say how) to a meeting of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, where he gave it out to city and town leaders and administrators.

That's the basic pattern Joyce allegedly followed with most of the coffee deliveries - he'd give the stuff away as gifts, rather than consume it himself.

The 504-pound drop off came a month after Joyce allegedly took delivery of 200 pounds of coffee - giving out roughly half of the bags as Christmas gifts to fellow state senators. The indictment includes an excerpt from an e-mail allegedly from Joyce to the franchisee:

No decaf. Usually I bring around 200 bags to town halls, maybe fewer. We like k cups at my office, if possible.

Not long after, when the Globe began smelling the coffee-scented story, the indictment charges, Joyce gave the distributor a check - but backdated, to make it look like he'd paid for it in advance.

Between 2010 and 2013, prosecutors allege, Joyce accepted December dropoffs of Dunk's coffee in amounts of at least 50 lbs., which he would use to give out to constituents at meetings in his district and to visitors to his State House office. Every August between 2010 and 2014, the indictment continues, the franchise owner provided an unspecified amount of free coffee and food for a picnic Joyce ran.

And then there were the 12 Boxes o' Joe the franchisee gave Joyce for use at a trade show in 2014.

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Selling out low wage workers.

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Donuts franchises allegedly gave Joyce in exchange for legislation aimed mainly at protecting the guy from suits over the pooling of employee tips.

Dirtbag.

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My son worked for a Dunks for two years

They didn't do tip jars.

I'm not sure if that is good, though, because they didn't do paying a decent wage, either.

If he has to do retail food again next year, he's been invited to Starbucks by his brother's boss. Starbucks pays overtime and time and a half for holidays and has clear rules for what happens with the tip jar.

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I worked for an ice cream

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I worked for an ice cream shop in high school where we were allowed to receive tips, but the Grinch of an owner took them from us.

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*$

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Don't they also offer health and 401(k) right away as well, even to Part Timers (not positive about that)?

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My favorite from the donut section

In December 2011, Joyce allegedly emailed the franchise owner requesting that the owner make $10,000 in donations to the Massachusetts DEMOCRAT PARTY, according to the indictment.

"Each check should be for $5000, with no reference to me," Joyce wrote.

They should teach about this in grade school instead of lgbtqw}we4^k sensitivity,

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Oh, I see

They should teach kids to spell poorly and be intolerant assholes who can't function in the modern world?

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Actually, you might be

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Actually, you might be surprised, but modern teachers can teach more than one topic over the course of grade school, so it doesn't have to be an either-or decision. You should check out a grade school sometime! They have more than one room now too!

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Another Reason To Dislike Dunkin' Donuts

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Bribing politicians to help steal employee tips — despicable!

No wonder they seem to be on every street corner. How many other bribes did they pay to achieve that?

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They're not the only business doing stuff like this

Take a trip over to the SoS website and look up your favorite business and see who's running it:

http://corp.sec.state.ma.us/corpweb/CorpSearch/CorpSearch.aspx

Then go here and look up which pols they've given money to:

http://www.ocpf.us/Reports/SearchItems/Index?searchType=A&donor=

Last step is to think of whether or not you want to continue supporting such business...

(Hope those links work)

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I need my k-cups

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I need my k-cups
Delivered by truck
Don't forget two lumps
to get your laws bumped
Is he for real, WTF

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John Morrill

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John Morrill

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Hah!

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Even corruption runs on Dunkin!

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Dunkin

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Owner is Carlo Anrade, owns 100 stores

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From donut to donut hole ...

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Yet another member of the Great and General Court is following its traditional path from the State House to the Big House.

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