Deaf Woman Says Dunkin’ Donuts Refused Her Service After Hearing Aid Battery Died

“No deaf person should have to go through this,” Shannon Heroux said. Her lawyer says the incident indicates a "massive lack of training."

A California woman says she couldn’t get service at a Dunkin’ Donuts after the battery in her cochlear implant ran out. Shannon Heroux is deaf, and the hearing aid died just as she walked into the shop.

“I have never been refused service before and it hurts. It hurts really bad,” Heroux said in tears in a video posted to TikTok

Without the cochlear implant, Heroux couldn’t hear a thing, but she says the Encino Dunkin’ Donuts servers continued wearing their COVID-19 masks. She says they just wouldn’t take them off. 

“I kept saying, ‘I can’t hear you. I can’t hear you. I’m deaf. I’m deaf. I can’t hear you,’” Heroux said.

Heroux also asked to write her order down, but she says they didn’t have a pen for her.

Heroux’s lawyer Paul Philips says the incident indicates “a massive lack of training.”

“No deaf person should have to go through this,” Heroux said in the TikTok.

A spokesperson for Dunkin' Donuts said that it takes “matters like this very seriously,” adding that it is “committed to creating a welcoming environment and treating every guest with dignity and respect.”

The owner of the Dunkin’s Donuts franchise has since met with Heroux to personally apologize.

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