What a disaster!
Two Texan police officers were cursed at and turned away at a Whataburger over the weekend. Apparently, an employee wasn’t happy that her idiot boyfriend had been arrested a few weeks before and she took it out on these hungry cops.
The Denison Police Department Chief took to Facebook to explain what happened and voiced his disgust:
**MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF**
The Denison Police Department enjoys great support from most of our community and our…
But when 2 of my officers were refused service by an employee of a local restaurant on October 14 just after midnight, then cursed by that employee and the on-duty manager’s only response is, “I don’t get into politics”, that concerns me. If a business does not want police officers as customers, just let us know. There’s no need to curse us and make a scene, just let us know you don’t want us there and we’ll go somewhere else.
Now going somewhere else in Denison in the middle of the night is not easy because our officers don’t have many options. What really gets my goat with such an incident is that while most of us are sleeping – sleeping!, the officers are out there working hard to keep us safe and when trying to take a break to eat – they face this type of reception from an employee of a local business and management calls it “politics”? The employee also said she would continue to refuse to serve officers. Now we know and rest assured officers will no longer patronize this business. Many of the officers also fear food-tampering with an attitude like this from such an employee.
In 2015, a Whataburger employee from another Texas town was also fired for refusing to serve police. What’s up with Whataburger?!
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This is just the latest in a string of low-level employees refusing police service at their establishments across the country. I reported last year on a spate of denials of service, now I’m updating with 5 more incidents this year.
August 3, 2017: Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins, Brooklyn, New York
The New York Post reported:
Law-enforcement sources briefed on what happened told The Post that the two cops, who are plainclothes patrol officers assigned to the 73rd Precinct’s detective squad, entered the store shortly after noon to purchase some Baskin-Robbins.
After waiting in line behind a customer, the cops — who were wearing suit pants, shirts and ties, with their badges and pistols on their belts — approached the counter but were ignored by a clerk who instead asked a man standing behind them what he wanted, sources said.
The man gave the clerk his order, sources said, then added, “These two guys were in front of me.”
“Yeah, I know, but I don’t serve cops,” the clerk replied.
July 17, 2017: McDonald’s, Henrico, Virginia
The local Fox channel had the story:
It was detailed in a public Facebook post by the Virginia Conservation Police Officer’s wife.
“He was in uniform and [in] his police vehicle. He paid for his food and drove forward to the next window,” she wrote. “The young man who was working that window looked at him and backed away from the window mouthing something to my husband.”
She said her husband could not hear what was said because the drive-thru window was closed.
“The guy finally walked to the window and slid it open,” she continued. “The guy said, ‘I ain’t serving no police’ and closed the window. The guy proceeded to tell everyone in McDonald’s, including the manager, that he was not going to serve the police.”
Eventually another worker gave the officer his meal.
February 6, 2017: Golden Chick, Dallas, Texas
The Dallas News said:
A southwest patrol sergeant told KTVT-TV (Channel 11) that when he went to order lunch from the Kiest Bouelvard location of the fast food chain Thursday, an employee said they did not serve his kind at the restaurant.
When the officer asked what he meant, the employee reportedly reiterated that they do not serve police, the station reported.
January 5, 2017: Wendy’s, Fort Worth, Texas
A Fort Worth Police Department patrol supervisor went into Wendy’s at Trail Lake Drive and Interstate 20 in southwest Fort Worth at 6 p.m., said police spokesman Sgt. Marc Povero. As he walked to the counter, the employees turned their backs and walked to the back of the kitchen.
The employees stayed in the back and wouldn’t take his order, Povero said. The officer was the only person in the restaurant at the time, and the drive-through employee made eye contact with him and didn’t help him. He left, believing they refused to serve him because he was an officer in uniform.
Janurary 2, 2017: Tottenville Bagels Inc., Staten Island, New York
New York Post had the story:
An owner of Tottenville Bagels Inc. told The Post that sometime between Sunday evening and Monday morning, the newly hired worker told two officers that the shop didn’t serve “pigs.” The worker’s comment ended up circulating on Facebook and drew instant criticism from users.
Our brave men and women in blue walk the streets every day to keep us safe and still face harassment. Please be sure to take the time to thank a police officer for serving your community!
What do you think: Should restaurant employees be allowed to refuse service to police? Tell us in the comments below!
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