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Veteran will be allowed to continue greeting

Posted: 5:43 AM, Jan 08, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-08 09:11:55-05

A beloved veteran will be able to continue greeting customers at a South Florida Dunkin' Donuts, the franchise owner says.

A few weeks ago, he says the management had told him to stop, which lead to an uproar on social media.

For more than 10 years, Army Veteran David Sydoriak has been opening the door and greeting customers at the Dunkin' Donuts located on Military Trail in West Palm Beach.

However, recently he says store management asked him to stop saying "God Bless" and opening the door, saying it was bothering some customers.

Social media users erupted on Facebook, angry that the veteran was told to stop. However, the franchise changed its mind and Sydoriak can keep greeting customers.

"I was tickled pink. I mean it really uplifted my spirits because that saved my life believe it or not, just holding that door open," said Sydoriak.

He said he greets people simply because he enjoys helping them start their day.

Dunkin' Donuts said Sydoriak will be allowed to continue saying God Bless since he is not the franchisee's employee.

The veteran said he plans to be more "delicate " if he sees a new face before saying "God Bless."

Here is the statement from Dunkin' Donuts:

"We are aware of the situation in West Palm Beach, FL. Dunkin’ Donuts and our franchisees share a commitment to support the military and to providing an environment that is welcoming for all guests. The franchisee who owns and operates this location informs us that he spoke to the gentleman and welcomes him to continue greeting guests. We are aware of the situation in West Palm Beach, FL. Dunkin’ Donuts and our franchisees share a commitment to support the military and to providing an environment that is welcoming for all guests. The franchisee who owns and operates this location informs us that he spoke to the gentleman and welcomes him to continue greeting guests. "