The Whataburger employee who refused to serve two Texas police officers is now out of a job.
A spokeswoman for Whataburger told The Daily Caller News Foundation that the employee who refused to serve two officers Tuesday no longer works for the company.
“We were appalled to hear of an employee refusing service to two officers, as we have proudly served first responders across our system for decades,” Whataburger said in a statement provided to TheDCNF. “As soon as we heard of this isolated incident, we began our own internal investigation overnight. The employee that refused service is no longer employed with Whataburger.”
Michael Magovern, one of the officers, works for the Strawn City Marshall’s Office and Cameron Beckham works for the Milford Police Department. They were working off-duty security for a nearby construction site and were in their uniforms when they went to the Whataburger.
The employee saw the cops and said “We don’t serve police officers,” so the officers left and went to a different restaurant.
“It is upsetting,” Milford Police Chief Carlos Phoenix told TheDCNF. “It’s a shame that law enforcement officers have to put up with that because of what has happened by a few officers in the past and now reflecting it back on every officer.”
Phoenix told TheDCNF that the refusal is part of a wider and growing trend of resentment toward law enforcement.
“We run into it on a daily basis,” Phoenix told TheDCNF. “Police officer’s jobs are getting tougher and tougher dealing with the public. It is getting worse.”
Whataburger also said they want to apologize in person to the officers.
“We’ve also invited the officers back today so we can apologize in person and make this right,” Whataburger said in the statement.
A Florida Arby’s drew protests earlier this month when a police office was refused service. Arby’s fired the manager and suspended the employee. (RELATED: Arby’s Fires Manager, Indefinitely Suspends Employee Who Refused To Serve Cop)
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