Our current cultural climate has grown increasingly more hostile toward police officers, especially after the brutal slayings of law enforcement in Baton Rouge and Dallas — and now we must add Kansas City to the list.
Another recent example of the type of hostility cops face these days took place at a Taco Bell restaurant in Alabama, where an employee refused to provide two officers with service.
Let’s just say the situation did not end well for the employee.
BizPacReview is reporting that, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones reported that when two of his deputies entered a Taco Bell in Phenix City on the evening of Saturday, July 16, the cashier told them that they wouldn’t serve law enforcement officers.
“They, of course, thought the employee was kidding,” Jones said, according to al.com.
“The employee then said, ‘No, I’m not kidding. We’re not going to serve you and you need to leave.’”
The furor arose when Tammy Bush Mayo, the wife of one of the deputies, explained what had happened at the restaurant to her Facebook page.
My husband is a Deputy Sheriff in Lee County, Alabama and tonight a Deputy on his shift went into Taco Bell in Phenix City, AL and was told that they don’t serve cops. A lady waiting for her food spoke up to say that she was about to ask for a refund because she didn’t want to eat somewhere with a cop.
This really disturbs me that people have started treating law enforcement professionals in this manner when these same law enforcement professionals put their lives on the line everyday to protect all people, including this woman with a very bad attitude at Taco Bell. We’re going to research this further but if this is what Taco Bell allows to happen, they have lost my business and I hope others of you will do the same.
The woman’s post soon received over 1,200 shares and eventually made its way to Taco Bell’s corporate headquarters. District manager Robert Chauvin stated the employee’s actions were an isolated incident that violated company policy.
Laura Nedbal, a spokeswoman for Taco Bell issued the following statement:
Taco Bell and Tacala, the franchise owner of the Phenix City Taco Bell, in no way endorse this sentiment. We are deeply appreciative of the men and women who have taken the oath to serve and protect our communities. Our franchisee has launched an investigation into this matter and will take appropriate action. Tacala will be reaching out directly to Deputy Sheriff Mayo and his wife Tammy Bush Mayo.
In the course of the investigation at the Taco Bell in Phenix City, Tacala, the franchise owner of that location, has terminated the employee who refused service to two Lee County Deputies on July 16th. Tacala has contacted the Lee County Sheriff’s Department to apologize directly to the two Deputies and assure them of their ongoing support of law enforcement.
Police officers are special individuals who leave their families willingly each and every day, knowing it could be their last, to protect a bunch of strangers they don’t know from deadly criminals who want to steal, kill, and destroy.
As such, they deserve the utmost respect from citizens, particularly those serving the general public. No officer should have to endure such humiliation simply because some employee has a chip on their shoulder when it comes to law enforcement.
Maybe the cops weren’t served, but in this case, justice certainly was.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]