Despite an apology from the fast food company, a South Florida police union is calling for a national boycott of the Arby’s restaurant chain after a police officer said she was told that an employee did not want to serve her because she is a cop.
The Dade County Police Benevolent Association is calling for the boycott following an incident between Pembroke Pines Police Sgt. Jennifer Martin and Arby’s employee Kenny Davenport.
As details of the incident emerged, it became even more disturbing.
The Miami Herald reported:
According to a police report on the incident, the police officer was told by the manager, “(Davenport) doesn’t want to serve you because you are a police officer.”
After that, the officer said she wasn’t certain she wanted to dine at the restaurant, but the manager assured her everything was fine and handed the officer the food, according to the report.
The manager allegedly laughed about it and said the clerk was allowed to refuse to serve the officer.
That’s when the officer said she was unsure about the condition of her food, decided not to eat there and asked for a refund, the report states.
Pembroke Pines Police Chief Dan Giustino didn’t see the humor in the incident.
“I am offended and appalled that an individual within our community would treat a police officer in such a manner,” Giustino said. “It is unacceptable.”
In calling for the boycott, Dade County Police Benevolent Association president John Rivera demanded that the employees involved be fired.
“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,” Rivera said in a statement. “This is yet another example of the hostile treatment of our brave men and women simply because they wear a badge.”
And he makes it clear an apology alone will not do.
“It is unacceptable and warrants much more than an apology,” he added. “We support our brothers and sisters who wear the badge in Broward County and across the United States. Until corrective action is taken and the employees involved in this incident are terminated, we’re calling for a national boycott of Arby’s.”
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