An Alabama Taco Bell employee who refused to serve two county sheriff’s deputies got her just dessert — she won’t be serving anyone because the restaurant chain fired her.
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.
Clip via WTVM.
“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.
Her post received more than 1,200 shares, and it wasn’t long before the corporate headquarters got wind of the brouhaha.
The restaurant chain’s district manager Robert Chauvin, called it an isolated incident, adding the employee’s actions were against company policy.
Taco Bell spokeswoman Laura Nedbal issued this statement to WTVM:
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.
Her second statement to the station confirmed that the employee had been terminated.
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.
Now the employee is the one looking to be served — at the unemployment line.
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