A Florida police department is outraged after an Arby’s employee refused to serve one of their officers simply because the officer was a cop.
A Pembroke Pines police officer went through the drive-through of a local Arby’s around 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, but when the officer pulled up, one employee refused service.
“I don’t have the exact quote, but something was said to the effect of ‘We don’t want to serve you because you’re a police officer'” Pembroke Pines Major and Public Information Officer Carlos Bermudez told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
A different employee took over and gave the officer the food, but the officer decided to go in and complain to the manager. The manager gave the officer a refund, but the chief still reached out to the corporate office to complain.
“Their CEO and senior VP of operations contacted our chief and apologized for the incident and said they would address the matter,” Bermudez told TheDCNF.
Bermudez wouldn’t “speculate” as to whether the refusal of service was part of a larger anger towards the police after several highly publicized incidents of questionable police conduct, such as in Ferguson or Baltimore.
“I am offended and appalled that an individual within our community would treat a police officer in such a manner. It is unacceptable, and I will be contacting the Arby’s CEO to demand an apology,” PPPD Chief Dan Giustino said in a statement.
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