The police were refused service by Burger King employees.
While we are hearing stories about members of team Trump being refused service in public restaurants, we should be aware that the practice might be spreading. A Louisiana police department is reporting that two uniformed officers were denied service.
A Louisiana Burger King reportedly refused to serve two uniformed officers who tried to order food through the drive-thru last month.
According to the Bayou Journal, the Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies had just finished SWAT training and went to a Burger King in St. Francisville to get some food.
When the police officers tried to order through the drive-thru speaker at the fast food chain, employees allegedly denied their request.
The police department’s public information officer Lonny Cavalier said the deputies tried to order chicken and were told the restaurant was out. They then tried to order Whoppers, to which an employee said they were out of hamburgers.
The uniformed officers asked if the establishment was actually out of the items or if they just did not serve law enforcement, but only received laughter in response, Cavalier wrote in a Letter to the Editor.
“The only response was laughter,” he said, WBRZ reported.
The deputies also had to wait before being allowed to order.
“They sat there for an extended period of time before someone finally let them order,” Cavalier told the Blue Lives Matter blog.
The deputies tried to alert the staff, but were ignored, Cavalier said, WRBZ reported.
Eventually, the corporate headquarters issued an apology. But before that, the store manager was singing a very different tune.
The Conservative Tribune reports, “Burger King Owner Demands Apology from Cops Who Reportedly Were Denied Service.”
When confronted about it, the Burger King owner demanded an apology — not from the employees who were responsible, but from the sheriff’s office.
The story comes from Holly Matkin at Blue Lives Matter, who said she spoke with Lonny Cavalier, public information director for the sheriff’s office.[…]
The Pioneer printed his letter, and he told Matkin he received a phone call from the Burger King owner about a week later.
“He was very angry. Very upset,” Cavalier said — but not at his employees. He was angry at Cavalier, whose story he called an “outright lie.”
The manager admitted the uniformed policemen were refused service but denies they were refused service because they were policemen. He was demanding an apology because he claims his employees were being worthless with customers generally, not just with police.
Maybe the real story here is that it is difficult to find good help. But the manager, regardless, should apologize to his customers, not blame them for (perhaps) misunderstanding motives.
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