Another NFL season is poised to kick off, and that means New England Patriots fans can look ahead, and put the team’s Super Bowl LII loss behind them. However, some local Dunkin’ Donuts customers were served a bitter reminder of that defeat.
The Canton-based coffee chain recently shipped cups bearing the Philadelphia Eagles logo to some Massachusetts stores by accident. As the Sun Chronicle first reported last week, the mistake caught Attleborough resident Patti Panzer by surprise.
“This must be a joke,” Panzer wrote in a post on a local Facebook group, with a photo of the cup proclaiming the homegrown company to be the “official coffee of the Philadelphia Eagles” — just below the phrase “World Champions.”
It was no joke. At least not intentionally. According to The Boston Globe, other local commenters in the group said they had also been served the cups. And a South Coast-based radio station posted Sunday that they also were “getting reports” of Eagles cups in Patriots territory, including in Wareham.
Dunkin Donuts, which sponsors the Eagles & Patriots, mistakingly sent Eagles champs cups to Massachusetts to the chagrin of angry Patriots fans. The company has apologized for the mixup (via @TSCPolitics) pic.twitter.com/gekv8csDkX
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 3, 2018
It wouldn’t be the first time local Patriots fans were trolled this summer over their Super Bowl loss. But Dunkin’ Donuts says that wasn’t their intention. Rather, the Eagles cups were shipped to some Massachusetts stores by accident, though the company didn’t elaborate how it happened.
“We appreciate our loyal customers for bringing this to our attention, and we are taking steps to ensure all of our local stores are stocked with the correct cups. Go Pats!” Dunkin’ Donuts said in a media statement.
Some local residents responded to the mistake by posting photos of their appropriately Patriots-emblazoned Dunkin’ Donuts cup (which read “Brewed For This” rather than “World Champions”), but the episode served as yet another reminder that the local company’s partnership with the hometown team is hardly exclusive. In addition to the Eagles, Dunkin’ Donuts is also the “official coffee provider” for two other Patriots rivals: the New York Giants and New York Jets.