A Virginia police officer was denied service at an Alexandria restaurant by one of the cooks, who said she refused to serve her while she was in uniform.
According to WTTG, a uniformed Alexandria officer was waiting in line at Noodles & Company when a female cook came out to the register and told the cashier, “You better pull me off the line, because I’m not serving that,” gesturing toward the officer. The police department says that the cook and cashier started laughing, prompting the officer to leave the restaurant.
Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook was upset when the officer explained what had happened and went to the restaurant to speak with management.
“Well your first response as a police officer is anger,” Cook told WTTG. “These are very difficult times right now with our relations with everyone, and to have one of my officers treated in that manner unnecessarily– your first response is anger, then you calm down a bit.”
The restaurant told Cook that it would be conducting an investigation into the incident.
According to Fox News, management told Cook that the incident took place just as the officer claimed.
The restaurant released a statement regarding the incident. The statement reads, “Noodles & Company expects the highest ethical and personal behavior from its team members. We value each of our guests and are committed to treating every one with dignity and respect. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination. We are working with the appropriate authorities and local police association representatives to get to the bottom of, and resolve this matter as quickly as possible. We have made efforts to reach out to the police officer involved, but have not yet spoken with her. We will continue to look into the situation and will take the appropriate actions at the conclusion of this review.”
According to WTTG, Noodles & Company announced that the employees involved in the incident have since been fired.
Pete Feltham, a representative for the Alexandria Police Union, says that the restaurant hopes to make up for the way the officer was treated by placing signs on their doors declaring their support for the police.
“We hope that the business is not judged by the actions of a couple of individuals,” Feltham said.
People say the Bully Pulpit doesn’t matter. I disagree. I think it matters a lot, and I think people do pay attention to their leaders.
You can’t attack police officers as if they are all bad and not expect people to not start to believe it. After eight long years of an administration that almost daily mocked the police, took sides with thugs over police, investigated police departments rather that the criminals involved, and expect good community relations. For goodness’ sake Barack Obama started off as President by saying even though we didn’t have all the facts what we do know was the Cambridge Police acted stupidly. This filters down through society and when a society stops thinking of police officers as authority figures the civil society breaks down and that’s not good for anyone.
So, bravo to the management of Noodles & Company for taking a stand for decency and firing the two lunkheads who thought it was okay to insult a cop, or any other customer for that matter.
H/T America Now