Corpus Christi, TX – Two Border Patrol agents in uniform, with their firearms on their belts, said that a Corpus Christi Whataburger refused to serve them.
The two agents were part of the US Customs and Border Protection’s tactical unit, BORTAC, according to Breitbart.
The unit had just returned from hurricane relief assistance operations in Puerto Rico.
Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera, who is president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307, told Breitbart that Whataburger “was the first thing they wanted when they got home.”
The incident occurred at about 11 pm, on Wednesday, October 25, at the Whataburger located at 6425 Weber in Corpus Christi.
The agents approached the counter to place their order, and were told by an unnamed male employee that they would have to remove their duty weapons in order to be served, Agent Cabrera said.
The agents reportedly told the employee that they were on duty, and were not allowed to disarm.
He again told the agents that they would have to leave, Agent Cabrera said.
The agents were unhappy, but decided to leave rather than cause a scene.
“We have a lot of agents that live and work in the communities that Whataburger serves. It’s a shame this happened. We expect a lot more from them,” Agent Cabrera said.
Breitbart reached out to Whataburger’s corporate office, and the company responded on Thursday evening with this statement:
“Last night four men entered one of our Corpus Christi restaurants dressed in camouflage without any visible badges or identification. One was openly carrying a gun.
The manager in charge explained that we do not allow open carry in our restaurants. At that point, the men stated they were Border Patrol officers, they became upset with our manager and they chose to leave.
Had they shown their identification, we would have happily have served them per our policy which allows law enforcement to openly carry at our restaurants.
We spoke to a Border Patrol representative after the incident and apologized for the misunderstanding. He explained that they are testing new uniforms.”
Another incident involving law enforcement happened at a Denison Whataburger earlier this month.
On that occasion, a now-former employee refused to serve two Denison police officers who were in full uniform.
The employee was fired after it was learned that she didn’t like police officers because her boyfriend had been arrested.
Whataburger corporate management confirmed the dismissal in a statement, and said they reached out to the Denison police sergeant “to apologize in person and make this right.”
In that incident, we reached out to our Texas officers, who responded that Whataburger has always been very pro-police and they’ve never experienced anything like this before, and they trust that the company handled it appropriately.
Whataburger does have a policy prohibiting citizens from open carry of weapons in their restaurants.
The Border Patrol did not respond to a request for comment.
Blue Lives Matter’s Texas officers remain happy to frequent Whataburger. Does this incident affect your opinion of them? We’d like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.