A Taco Bell employee in Phenix City, Alabama, told two deputies that they would not be served at that restaurant. The two deputies thought the cashier was kidding, but when they realized that she wasn’t, they left the restaurant. To make matters worse, the deputies overheard another customer approving of the employee’s decision not to serve the officers.
The wife of one of the deputies explained the whole incident on Facebook. She posted: “My husband is a Deputy Sheriff in Lee County, Alabama and tonight a Deputy on his shift went into Taco Bell in Phenix City, AL and was told that they don’t serve cops. A lady waiting for her food spoke up to say that she was about to ask for a refund because she didn’t want to eat somewhere with a cop. This really disturbs me that people have started treating law enforcement professionals in this manner when these same law enforcement professionals put their lives on the line every day to protect all people, including this woman with a very bad attitude at Taco Bell. We’re going to research this further but if this is what Taco Bell allows to happen, they have lost my business and I hope others of you will do the same.”
Robert Chauvin, the Taco Bell district manager, came to investigate the incident. Chauvin is quoted as saying, “That is not our policy, not in any way.”
The employee who refused to serve the deputies was subsequently fired.
Freedom Daily reports:
Swift justice was served on a Taco Bell employee who refused to serve two sheriff’s deputies in Alabama: she was fired.
Jay Jones, sheriff of Lee County, said the female cashier at the Phenix City Taco Bell told his deputies Saturday night that the restaurant didn’t serve law enforcement, the Ledger-Enquirer is reporting.
“It happened around 9:40 p.m. central time,” Jones said. “They thought the cashier was kidding. When they realized she wasn’t, they left. It is very disappointing that officers would be treated in such a negative fashion because we try to treat everyone with respect.”