Other restaurants have had this exact same thing happen where their employees have refused service to law enforcement officers.
A Taco Bell in Phenix City, Alabama was forced to apologize to two officers after one of their employees refused them service and told them to leave. But the girl, who worked there as a cashier, was not making a joke.
Just days before the Taco Bell incident, the owner of Lucky Teriyaki, a small Chinese establishment located in Washington state told an entire police department that he wouldn’t serve them anymore and not to bother returning, “Four deputies with the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office were finishing lunch at Lucky Teriyaki in Sedro-Woolley, about 70 miles north of Seattle, when the restaurant’s owner asked them not to eat there anymore, Sheriff Will Reichardt said in a post on the Department’s Facebook page.” The restaurant owners allegedly told a different news outlet that there was a miscommunication and that police were more than welcome to eat there.
But the sheriff denied that such a miscommunication took place.
The restaurant also publicly stated that they’re actively working to “get to the bottom of the matter as quickly as possible.” Management has stated that the employees involved in the incident are to be disciplined accordingly.
This is not the first time in recent memory that apologies have had to be made to police departments in America.
The sheriff also said that officers would respond to incidents at Lucky Teriyaki just like any other place in the county, but they would no longer be eating there.
There could be multiple factors at play as to why people are refusing to serve the country’s police officers.
The female officer, who was on duty and dressed as such, was waiting in line to place her order when one of the cooks came over and said, according to an article by The officer, who requested to remain anonymous, got the cook’s message loud and clear and immediately exited the establishment.She notified her superior officer shortly thereafter.She told the officers that she wasn’t kidding and told them to leave.The officers were given an apology and the employee was terminated.
Noodles & Company did apologize to Police Chief Earl Cook during a visit he and the manager had at the restaurant on Tuesday.“He said that given recent anger directed toward police across the country, ‘we are all sensitized to being careful and being safe.’ He said he thought the officer handled the situation perfectly by simply leaving the restaurant.” In addition to the apology, the Alexandria Noodles & Company has agreed to advertise respect for police officers by displaying a “Blue Lives Matter” sign for the public to see.