When a couple police officers entered an Alabama Taco Bell they were simply looking to get some food and be on their way. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out as planned.
A pair of Lee County sheriff’s deputies were refused service after a patron told an employee she would demand a refund “because she didn’t want to eat somewhere with a cop.”
Tammy Bush Mayo, whose husband is a Deputy Sheriff, was at the Taco Bell when this incident occurred, and she made sure to document the whole scenario:
“My husband is a Deputy Sheriff in Lee County, Alabama, and tonight a Deputy on his shift went into Taco Bell in Phenix City, Alabama 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 everyday 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.”
Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones confirmed that the incident did occur, and that two of his officers were refused service. Jones issued the following statement:
“I’m very disappointed that simply because they were uniformed law enforcement officers that our deputies were treated in such negative fashion. We pride ourselves in giving people basic respect and only ask the same in return.
I am inclined to believe that this was the attitude of one employee and not the policy of the management. The fair thing is to give them an opportunity to respond.
We won’t base our opinion of Taco Bell on one employee’s negative action any more than the general public should base their opinion of law enforcement on the negative action of one officer.”
In today’s world it wouldn’t be any surprise if there were no consequences for this employee, as Jay acknowledges that “it is insignificant in light of the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge.” While it may not be a huge deal, it is still incredibly disheartening that this level of disrespect has become commonplace.
Shockingly, the owner of that particular Taco Bell franchise decided that the employee’s refusal to serve law enforcement was a fireable offense, and terminated the cashier. Taco Bell’s spokesperson, Laura Nedbal, made this statement on behalf of the fast-food giant:
“In the course of the investigation at the Taco Bell in Phenix City, Tacala, the franchise owner of that location, has terminated the employee who refused service to two Lee County Deputies on July 16th. Tacala has contacted the Lee County Sheriff’s Department to apologize directly to the two Deputies and assure them of their ongoing support of law enforcement.”
Why do people feel like it is okay to treat our police officers with such disrespect? The men and women who patrol our streets, and keep us safe, should not be mistreated like this.
UPDATE: Taco Bell has just released news that this employee has been FIRED. Thanks for doing the right thing Taco Bell.
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