Fast food chain Arby’s has apologized to the policeman who was refused service at a south Florida restaurant “due to being a police officer”.
In an era when anti-cop demonstrations are getting out of hand, the police chief of a Florida city didn’t take it quietly when one of his officers was denied service at an Arby’s restaurant. Mirabel also allegedly told the officer that the clerk “has the right to refuse to serve” you. The manager gave the officer a refund, but the chief still reached out to the corporate office to complain.
Bermudez wouldn’t “speculate” as to whether the refusal of service was part of a larger anger towards the police after several highly publicized incidents of questionable police conduct, such as in Ferguson or Baltimore. “It is unacceptable”, said Pembroke Pines Police Department Chief Dan Giustino.
Major Carolos Bermudez said the employee did not specify why he or she might have had any animosity against police.
Giustino says the department and its officers have a great relationship with the community, and this comes as a shocking blow.
Arby’s issued an apology in regards to the incident.
A call to the Arby’s in question from New Times was not immediately returned. It hasn’t been reported as to whether or not the manager will be disciplined for supporting the employee’s discriminatory action against her. Therefore, it is not known as of yet, whether or not the employees involved will be terminated from their employment.
Arby’s officials quickly apologized after the police department released details of the incident on Twitter.
“Both gentlemen assured Chief Giustino that the employee’s behavior was unacceptable and not representative of the company’s values”, the police department said. “This is yet another example of the hostile treatment of our fearless men and women simply because they wear a badge”, according to a statement from the union president, who tells Local 10 he blames Obama for the lack of respect shown officers. The Police Chief was content with the quick response and said that the case was closed. “We will be following up with our team members to be sure that our policy of inclusion is understood and adhered to”.