The anti-cop sentiment continues and this time it’s at a famous fast food chain.
A south Florida Arby’s is under fire after refusing to serve a police officer that was in uniform at their Pembroke Pines location by one of their managers. According to a Facebook user, one of their “fellow officers was refused service at the Arby’s located at 11755 Pines Blvd, because she was a police officer.”
As the word quickly spread, other users and police supporters sent their thoughts to the Arby’s Facebook page. Here are more details according to another Facebook user:
“On the above date and time, a uniformed Pembroke Pines Police Sergeant arrived at the drive thru of your establishment at the listed location to purchase a meal. Upon contact with your employee at the window, he told the officer that he did not want to take her order because she was a police officer.
In consideration of current events and the extraordinary amount of anti-police media publications, rallies, and even spontaneous execution style deaths in recent weeks, I cannot imagine that a representative of your company would make a statement such as that. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that it was a manager!
The Sergeant chose to forego her decision to eat there, and simply drove away to seek out another place to purchase food on the go, as she continued her patrol duties of the city in which your restaurant thrives. I applaud her professionalism as many of us, in light of the amount of stress that the current climate has caused, may not have been able to contain their disbelief and disappointment. There are very few professions in which the employees must be cautious about from where they order meals. Knowing that there have been countless documented cases where an officer’s food was intentionally tampered with, and often in life threatening ways, this Sergeant’s choice to go to your restaurant today was a compliment to your business. Now, it has become one that none of us will be able to trust or visit again.
The incident has been documented in a Miscellaneous Incident police report (case number 2015-058698) and the story shared via e-mail with all police personnel. Our entire police “family” has been warned against patronizing your restaurant, as the anti-police sentiment may be delivered beyond just hateful words. Obviously, the hundreds of us will share this story with everyone in our lives.
It serves to mention that after the employee was asked about his statement later, he dismissed it as “a joke.” I find it hard to believe that anyone with a phone, television, or a radio would believe that to be an appropriate form of jest, these days. I would also hope that the employees you promote to management would be the last to make an assumption such as this. I assure you that NONE of us find any humor in it at all. While we expect adversaries every day, we certainly do not anticipate a reception as described above, by employees of a restaurant to which we are called for situations where they, and your patrons, are threatened or victimized. Here’s hoping we are better received when you call for us, as opposed to when we participate in the success of your business.”
(I am not the author of this letter but merely a recipient of the information.)
Arby’s has issued an apology according to NBC 6 News:
The head of Arby’s restaurant chain has apologized to the Pembroke Pines Police Department after an employee at a South Florida restaurant reportedly refused to serve a uniformed officer.
Arby’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Brown and Senior Vice President of Operations Scott Boatwright contacted PPPD Chief Dan Giustino to apologize on behalf of the organization, according to a police report.
In a statement provided to NBC 6 South Florida, Arby’s said the company takes “this isolated matter very seriously as we respect and support police officers in our local communities.”
“As soon as the issue was brought to our attention, our CEO spoke with the Police Chief who expressed his gratitude for our quick action and indicates the case is closed,” the statement reads. “We will be following up with our team members to be sure that our policy of inclusion is understood and adhered to.”
Here are the reactions of others on Arby’s Facebook fan page: