Sergeant Jennifer Martin of the Pembroke Pines Police Department, in Florida, said that an Arby’s staffer purposely denied her service because she was a cop.
Kenny Davenport, the employee, on the other hand, argues that he wasn’t able to serve the police officer because he had his hands full with other customers. This is why he had to call for his manager to take care of the policewoman. But the manager made an “unfortunate joke” of the situation which made things escalate quite quickly.
The man insisted that he has nothing against cops, nor the quick-service sandwich restaurant did. All staffers were just trying to clear the drive thru as fast as possible on that day.
But Martin said that the manager’s joke that her order was rejected because she was a police officer might be more than a joke. Yet, the manager tried to appease her telling her that everything was okay and making sure that she received the food she ordered.
Officer Marti, however, alleged that the manager giggled and explicitly told her that a worker was entitled to refuse her because she was a cop. That moment, she refused to eat there and asked for a refund.
In the wake of the incident, a local police union called for a statewide boycott of the restaurant chain because staffers refused to take an order from a police officer. Moreover a group of wives of police officers protested outside the drive-thru.
A non-for-profit organization fighting for police officers’ rights urged Arby’s managers to fire all the workers who were involved. Fortunately, there are no other similar incidents across the country
Arby’s replied to a request for comment only after the chief of PPPD contacted the company. CEO Paul Brown and VPO Scott Boatwright told PPPD’s Chief that they are truly sorry for what happened but that ‘unacceptable’ behavior didn’t represent their company’s values. The Police Chief was content with the quick response and said that the case was closed.
Arby’s insisted that the company respected and supported law enforcement officers, although additional training of staffers was required to help them better understand the corporation’s policies.
Davenport’s grandfather, on the other hand, believes that the whole thing was exaggerated since the police officer took a simple joke as a real remark. He also said that he raised his grandson with respect for police officers. Kenny tried to give some explanations but no one seemed to listen.
“There’s no point in talking. I’m 19. She’s an officer and I’m colored,”
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