Andalusia, AL – McDonald’s said it has fired an employee who degraded a uniformed Andalusia police officer in the drive-thru last weekend.
The incident took place on Aug. 11, when on-duty Andalusia Police Officer Kody Taylor stopped by the fast-food joint for lunch, according to his since-deleted Facebook post.
“So I swing through the drive thru for lunch while on duty and the nice lady at the window says give me just a second,” Officer Taylor explained in the post. “She walks off and returns with the manager and says ‘doesn’t Law Enforcement receive a discount’…her manager…stated ‘yea unfortunately we do.’”
Officer Taylor said he was caught “off guard” by the rude remark, but that he didn’t say anything as the manager passed in his code to apply the discount.
“When he finished he glanced at me and said ‘I don’t like y’all,’” the officer wrote.
The restaurant and its parent company, Murphy Family Restaurants, took swift action, and fired the unnamed employee within a day, the City of Andalusia said in a Facebook post on Monday.
“The McDonald’s representatives have apologized to the officer and to the department, and terminated the employee,” the post read.
The city also posted a photo of Andalusia Police Chief Paul Hudson as he met with members of the company to discuss the issue.
“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,” Murphy Family Restaurants Director of Marketing and Community Outreach Eddie Byrd said. “We express our sincerest apology.”
Chief Hudson said that he and the officers understand that the now-former manager was the one responsible for the incident – not the company as a whole.
“As a department, we don’t hold McDonald’s responsible for one employee’s action,” Chief Hudson said, according to the city’s post. “We want all of those who were upset when they learned about the incident to know McDonald’s immediately took action to correct the problem.”
The city noted that the Andalusia McDonald’s restaurant also offers a 50 percent discount to all on-duty first responders.