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It isn’t merely a hypothetical question asked in political debates, but an everyday fact of life in businesses, homes and nightclubs, at public venues and office parties and, sadly, even in schools: If someone threatens you, your family or your property… who are you going to call for help?

The answer, of course, is 911.

From people facing a robbery at work to a home invasion, texting from the bathroom floor of a nightclub or dealing with road rage on the highway, when it comes to needing help and needing it quickly, Americans call on their first responders to come to their aid.

And they do so regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or party affiliation, and even if they are otherwise hostile to those in uniform.

With nine days left in July, 17 police officers around the country have been killed in the line of duty, keeping the nation’s flag at half-mast for weeks at a time.

Many more have been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

And yet, unbelievably, these men and women who put on the uniform and the badge every day not knowing if it will be their last, are being turned away and refused service at restaurants.

A police officer in Florida was told by a black male clerk that he could not make a purchase at a convenience store.

In Alabama, deputies were denied service at a Taco Bell when a cashier told them, “Taco Bell doesn’t serve cops,” an incident that was confirmed by multiple sources.

To its credit, Taco Bell was quick to rectify the situation by firing the unidentified employee who turned the police away.

Another Alabama law enforcement officer was given the silent treatment when he pulled into a drive-thru and waited ten minutes before going inside to order – where he was also ignored.

It was the owner himself at Lucky’s Teriyaki Restaurant in Washington who told county deputies they were no longer welcome – and instructed the County Sheriff to “spread the word.”

Even in Dallas, where five officers were killed and nine more wounded by a sniper, an employee at the Genghis Grill told copes to leave because they “frightened” other customers.

Happily, publicity about these ungrateful insults to the men and women who run toward danger to protect the rest of us has resulted in apologies and renewed pledges of support.

These cops handled being snubbed by a couple who asked to not be seated next to them in a comical fashion:

Even the people who insult them know that at some point in their life, they will need to call 911.



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