A Taco Bell employee in Lee County, Alabama, told two police officers who stopped for a late night snack that he would not serve them and they had to leave. The two officers thought he was kidding, but when they realized that he was serious, they left the restaurant. To make matters worse, they overheard another customer approving of the employee’s decision not to serve the officers.
The wife of one of the officers 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.”
Taco Bell investigated the incident. The employee who refused to serve the officers was subsequently fired.
Right Wing News reports:
When two cops stopped at the fast food establishment for a bite to eat, a racist worker and diner had some seriously harsh words for the officers. News of their poor treatment of the men spread like wildfire and while Taco Bell can’t do anything about the woman who was eating there, the employee was served with a very just and fair response.
When it was the officers’ turn to order, the employee immediately stopped them and said, “No, I’m not serving you,” and demanded they leave, for which the disrespectful diner took as her cue to speak her nasty piece. Elated that they were being denied service, the woman let out a sigh of relief and announced that she was happy they were being kicked out since she was about to insist on a refund because she doesn’t want to be anywhere near a police officer
Taking the matter as seriously as they should, the management at the Phenix location quickly fired the employee following an internal investigation.