Another Officer REFUSED Service at Restaurant, Two Numbskulls TERMINATED as Result
Another incident of anti-police hostility has occurred as officers across the country continue to endure not only threats and sniper attacks while on duty, but even assaults on their day-to-day lives as they do something as ordinary as ordering dinner.
The top management of casual eatery Noodles & Co. took immediate action and fired two employees who denied service to an Arlington, Virginia police officer in the latest of a growing list of companies dealing with the prejudices and open animosity of its employees against law enforcement.
The incident occurred when the line cook refused to fill the uniformed officer’s order, telling the cashier loudly enough for the officer and others standing in line to hear, “You better pull me off the line, because I'm not serving that,” motioning at the officer.
The female cop stood at the counter as the cook and the cashier laughed at her, finally saying, “I guess you don’t want my money” before leaving the restaurant.
The unidentified officer related the incident to her supervisor Arlington Police Department Chief Earl Cook went to bat for her, driving to Noodles to bring it to the attention of the manager.
“These are very difficult times right now in our relations with everyone,” the Chief told local reporters. “And to have one of my officers treated in that manner unnecessarily, your first response is anger.”
To the company’s credit, Noodles & Co. took fast action and released a statement not only apologizing, but condemning the actions of the two employees – now former employees, and expressing its appreciation for law enforcement personnel.
The statement read that the company found that the cook and cashier “acted inappropriately and we immediately terminated their employment.”
Calling the behavior of the two “inexcusable,” the company’s statement reaffirmed its respect for police, saying, “We value the relationship we have built with the local Alexandria Police Department over the years,” and posting stickers on the restaurant’s doors declaring: Blue Lives Matter.
The APD accepted the apology and discouraged a Twitter movement to boycott the restaurant over what it called, “this unfortunate incident.”
The example of a business and the police department within a community handling an ugly situation may help bring these incidents to an end.