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Jacksonville Beach Police Chief Warns of Restaurant Employees Allegedly Spitting in Officers’ Food

By Brittney Donovan, Action News Jax:

Jacksonville Beach’s police chief sent a warning to the entire police department after a restaurant owner reportedly said that his employees spit in law enforcement personnels’ food.

Chief of Police Patrick Dooley sent the warning on Feb. 6 urging personnel to use caution when eating at Cruisers Grill on 23rd Ave. S in Jacksonville Beach.

Dooley’s letter said the owner of Cruisers, Robert Handmaker, indicated that his employees have in the past or will in the future spit in law enforcement employees’ food.

Jacksonville Beach police became aware of the claim after Handmaker reportedly told an officer: “I have been made aware for quite some time now that some of my employees have been spitting in officers’ food and now I know why, because you are all bullies.”

According to a police report, Handmaker made the comment to officers after they responded to the business for a false fire alarm.

Officers said Handmaker asked if he could talk to the officers in his office for a moment.

Handmaker showed the officers a traffic citation and said he was stopped by an officer for an expired registration, officers said.

“I explained who I was, and he didn’t seem to care,” Handmaker reportedly told the officers.

Handmaker said he has been a staple in the Jacksonville Beach community and has been offering discounts to public servants for years.

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