According to Dade County, Fla. authorities, employees at a local Arby’s restaurant refused to serve a police officer based on her profession.
Employee Kenny Davenport reportedly told his manager Angel Mirabel that he did not want to prepare the cop’s order. Instead of ensuring the customer received the order she had already paid for, police say Mirabel laughed at her and sided with the anti-cop employee.
@CBSNews wonder if police can refuse service to Arby’s if Arby’s call 911
— dennis (@djr308) September 3, 2015
When Pembroke Pines Police Sgt. Jennifer Martin expressed concern about the quality of her food in light of the employee’s obvious bias against her, Mirabel reportedly refunded her money. “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,” asserted Dade County Police benevolent Association President John Rivera. The union is staging a boycott, he explained in a statement this week, asserting that the discrimination against Pembroke Pines Police Sgt. Jennifer Martin was “yet another example of the hostile treatment of our brave men and women simply because they wear a badge.” Arby’s released a statement touting its “policy of inclusion,” though the company made no promise to fire any of the employees involved. For a number of Twitter users, the response was insufficient.
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The apology apparently fell short in Rivera’s opinion, too. In his statement, he went on to insist that the “unacceptable” incident “warrants much more than an apology.” On behalf of the PBA, he concluded that until “corrective action,” including the termination of the employees involved, has been taken, “we are calling for a national boycott of Arby’s.” So far, he has received substantial support.
— Kimbosa Harper (@kimbosa24) September 2, 2015
As anti-police protests continue to form in cities across the U.S., however, many other Twitter users apparently felt officers deserve to be denied service.
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