Arby’s Employee Refused To Serve Police Officer
( 4UMF NEWS ) Arby's Employee Refused To Serve Police Officer:
This Florida cop got an unwanted serving of disrespect.
An Arby’s in Florida swiftly apologized to Pembroke Pines Police Wednesday for an employee who allegedly refused to serve an officer in uniform.
Police announced the service snub against Sgt. Jennifer Martin Wednesday morning, slamming the fast food franchise for turning away an officer “due to being a police officer.”
“I am offended and appalled that an individual within our community would treat a police officer in such a manner,” Police Chief Dan Giustino said in a release.
“It is unacceptable, and I will be contacting the Arby's CEO to demand an apology ... We are very proud of the partnerships we have built within our city, and for an incident like this to have happened is very disappointing for everyone.”
Martin wrote in an offense report the employee "seemed slightly rude and short with his responses" as she ordered through the drive-through.
When she went to the window for her food, the manager Angel Mirabal told her that clerk Kenneth Davenport "doesn't want to serve you because you are a police officer."
"I explained to Mirabal that this made me extremely uncomfortable and now wasn't certain I wanted to dine at the restaurant," Martin wrote. "Mirabal assured me everything was ok and handed me my food. Mirabel even laughed and said he is allowed to refuse to serve me."
Martin went inside to demand a refund — and even then, Davenport wouldn't talk to her, her report says.
John Rivera, president of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, called for an all-out cop boycott of the chain, telling WSVN: “If an establishment such as Arby's doesn't want to serve police officers, I want to make sure that all police officers and their family members in America know that Arby's is not the place to go.”
Less than two hours later, police said Arby’s corporate chiefs reached out to Giustino “to convey their sincere apologies on behalf of their organization,” the Sun-Sentinel reported.
Arby’s reps said the rebuff is “not representative of the company’s values.”
“Chief Giustino was appreciative and accepted their apology and now considers this matter closed,” police said.
Davenport's fate hasn't been revealed. Calls to the Arby's were not returned.
Arby’s is America’s second-largest sandwich chain, behind Subway, which is considerably more embattled these days.
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