Don't know if this quite fits, but I'll just slip this in here.
I guess this is a thing now? Employees at restaurants refusing service to police?
BRENHAM, TEXAS - The famous golden arches serve as big beacons that hundreds of hungry customers are drawn to everyday.
But when an off-duty Brenham police officer tried to eat at the location off Highway 290 with his two kids, an employee denied him service, simply because he's an officer.
"Nobody deserves to be treated like that," said Brenham Police Chief Craig Goodman.
Another worker ultimately did the right thing and served the officer and his family, but the incident started spreading on social media.
"We know that these problems exist everywhere, but we did not expect that here," said Goodman.
McDonald's customers weren't happy, either.
"It's beyond disrespectful, it's anti-American," said Gloria.
"The same lady that refused the officer, if someone breaks into her house, who is she going to call?" HC Troxler said.
The officer brought the incident up to his captain. They contacted McDonald's and the restaurant didn't waste much time.
"They, much like a police organization, looked at what took place, and after gathering the information, they came to the right decision and that employee no longer works for their business," said Goodman.
Goodman says the female worker's son was already in custody and facing serious charges. He believes that may be part of the fuel that sparked her negative feelings towards police.
"He's disappointed in what happened, mainly because his kids were with him," said Goodman.
The officer at the center of it all is opting to not be identified, but Goodman says he's one of the department’s best and a former Marine. He's hoping what happened at the iconic fast food restaurant can teach bigger lessons.
Goodman is urging the community to accept McDonald's apology, move forward and continue supporting a local restaurant that has always backed the blue.
"We're not judging McDonalds and their employees based on the action of this one worker," said Goodman. "Just like we ask the community and the country not judge our police officers because other officers make bad decisions."
A cook at a restaurant in Virginia refused to serve a police officer in uniform Monday night, a police union says.
An officer in the Alexandria Police Department stopped by Noodles & Company on Duke Street in Alexandria for dinner, Alexandria Committee of Police Vice President Peter Feltham said.
As she stood in line, a cook exited the kitchen, approached the cashier and pointed at the officer, Feltham said he was told.
"You’re going to have to take me off the line, I ain’t serving that," the cook allegedly said.
“The officer realized what was happening and rather than making an incident of it, the officer just left the business,” Feltham said.
Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook and a representative of the Alexandria Police Union met with restaurant management Tuesday.
“These are very difficult times right now in our relations with everyone, and to have one of my officers treated in that manner unnecessarily, your first response is anger,” Cook said. “Then you calm down a bit and say, let’s just find out what happened.”
Noodles & Company told News4 the company does not “tolerate any form of discrimination.” The restaurant said managers reached out to the officer but have not spoken with her yet.
The restaurant said it is interviewing the employees allegedly involved.
“We will continue to look into the situation and will take the appropriate actions at the conclusion of this review,” Noodles & Company said in a statement.
The police union said the restaurant is already taking steps to amend the matter, and has "agreed to post signs on their door that they support blue lives,” Feltham said.
Beyond stupid on a number of levels and I can't feel any sympathy for these people getting fired.