One police officer was snubbed by a fast food worker and now, despite an apology and getting her food, the police union wants to boycott the entire chain.
On Monday night, Pembroke Pines Police Sergeant Jennifer Martin wanted a meal from Arby’s fast food restaurant. Manning the takeout window was a 19-year-old clerk who disappeared after Martin placed the order and paid with her credit card.
The manager then went to the window and explained that the clerk was afraid of Martin because she was a cop. The manager gave Martin her food but Martin returned it, saying that she was worried that the employee had done something to the food.
Arby’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Brown and Senior Vice President of Operations Scott Boatwright personally contacted Pembroke Pines Chief Dan Giustino to apologize and assured him that the incident was not Arby’s policy or indicative of their values. Giustino told the media he accepted that it was an isolated incident and considered the case closed.
Source: Miami New Times
Case not closed. The local Police Benevolent Association wants to boycott the fast food chain, for everyone. Oh, and it’s Obama’s fault.
‘It is beyond comprehension and deeply troubling that a business would deny service to a law enforcement officer just for being a law enforcement officer,’ John Rivera, president of the Miami-Dade and Florida PBA associations, said in a statement. ‘In this case, after the clerk refused to serve the officer, the manager came up to the window laughing and said that the clerk had the right to refuse service to the officer. This is yet another example of the hostile treatment of our brave men and women simply because they wear a badge. It is unacceptable and warrants much more than an apology. We support our brothers and sisters who wear the badge in Broward County and across the United States. Until corrective action is taken and the employees involved in this incident are terminated, we are calling for a national boycott of Arby’s.’
‘This behavior is unacceptable,’ BCPBA President Jeff Marano said in his statement. ‘The disdain and lack of respect for law enforcement, as well as the fatal attacks on the men and women in uniform in America, is due to a lack of leadership — starting with our Commander-in-Chief, President Barack Obama.’
Further, they argued that police are “under siege” and that 83 line-of-duty police have been killed during this year.
The truth, though, is that police are not under siege. There have been 26 shootings of police officers this year (most die in traffic accidents), a number that’s down from last year and down from previous decades.
Perhaps the fast food clerk read these numbers instead. During 2015, 800 people have been killed by police. No, not all were innocent or even undeserving, but it’s understandable that that teen, especially if she is not white, might be frightened. Maybe it’s the police who need to do the community outreach, not the other way around.
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