A cook at restaurant chain Noodles & Company denied service to a police officer in uniform Monday night in Alexandria, Virginia.
A female officer with the Alexandria Police Department walked into the restaurant on Duke Street for a meal at roughly 6:30 p.m. when an employee came out of the kitchen, pointed at the officer and said they would not cook for her. The officer said the employee also made a joke she could not hear and other employees started laughing at her, reports NBC Washington.
“You’re going to have to take me off the line, I ain’t serving that,” the unidentified employee said to a cashier in the store.
The officer left the store without being served and reported the incident to her supervisor. Alexandria Committee of Police Vice President Peter Feltham said the manager of the restaurant is investigating the incident and will “discipline” any employees involved, reports WUSA9.
“She was really shaken up by this,” Feltham said. “The officer realized what was happening and rather than making an incident of it, the officer just left the business.”
Feltham and Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook met with the manager at the restaurant, who apologized for the actions of his employees. He also reportedly agreed to post signs reading “We Support Blue Lives” on the restaurant’s doors.
The Daily Caller News Foundation contacted the restaurant but an employee said they could not comment on the situation. The restaurant did release a brief statement saying that after its internal review they will take the appropriate actions.
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