A McDonald’s worker in Florida has been fired following a paramedic taking to social media to reveal that the employee refused to serve him.
Sunstar paramedic Anthony Quinn wrote on Facebook that he was refused service in Madeira Beach, Florida last week.
“I am at work, in my Sunstar paramedic uniform,” Quinn wrote on Facebook about the incident. “I walk into McDonalds … just to use the bathroom and an employee goes, ‘we don’t accept officers in here.'”
He continued by saying that he and his partner were still refused service even after he revealed that the two were not police officers.
“I tell her I’m not an officer. She then says anyone with a badge. Then says it to my partner as he walks in to order food, says we don’t serve your kind here. Just insane how people are,” he wrote.
“Feel free to share and repost,” he added.
Quinn also wrote an online review for the McDonalds.
He said, “Corporate will be notified’ of their treatment.”
Caspers Company, which manages the McDonald’s in question, was notified of the situation and they responded by firing the employee.
“We are aware of the unfortunate incident that took place at one of our restaurants last night. We, like you, were upset and disappointed and took immediate action. The employee has been terminated,” they wrote on Facebook.
They continued, “What occurred does not reflect the values of our brand, our franchise, or the love and admiration we have demonstrated consistently for our friends in law enforcement and first responders. We have reached out to offer our sincerest apology.”
Quinn ended up deleting his initial Facebook post, expressing regret over running to social media. He did, however, followup the situation with another post.
“In my frustration of the situation I took to social media which probably wasn’t the best,” he wrote. “There were other ways the situation could have been handled, that’s my fault and I apologize.”
He thanked the managers of the McDonald’s for their “appropriate” response and said he is moving on from the situation.
Quinn wrote he is “putting the situation behind me and going to continue to help people to the best of my ability.”
Refusing service to first responders is unfortunately not a new phenomenon. Starbucks apologized last month after an Arizona employee told a group of police officers to leave the store.
It speaks to the larger issues of ignorance and entitlement in America when fast-food restaurant employees feel they have the right to choose whom they give service to. Most people could not dream of being so openly prejudiced or air-headed to think you not only have the right to single groups out, but also to do so while representing major corporations.
Folks have been taking to social media to express support for the paramedics who were refused service by McDonald’s.
“At least the employee was ‘terminated’ wait until they or a family member needs a paramedic. Then we will see who the real adults are as the paramedics will help no matter what!” one user wrote in response.
Another asked, “Where does this misguided hatred come from? Appalling.”
“Good. There is no reason to be triggered all the time,” said another.
And another responded, “Another reason for self-order kiosks.”
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