Denison, Texas – An employee at a popular Texas fast-food chain restaurant was fired after she refused to serve two police officers on Saturday, the company Whataburger announced.
Denison Police Chief Jay Burch said the officers were cursed at by the employee and that the restaurant manager’s only response was “I don’t get into politics.”
A Whataburger spokesperson said, “an individual employee acted out of line with Whataburger’s values to treat all customers with respect. We took swift action and this person is no longer employed by us.”
“We’ve also reached out to the police sergeant to apologize and plan to speak with the other officers involved to apologize in person and make this right,” the Whataburger statement said.
“Whataburger truly appreciates our law enforcement and their efforts to protect and serve our communities.”
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.
The unidentified female now-former employee had cursed at the two officers and then claimed her boyfriend was “beat up” by the police.
Chief Burch responded in a Facebook post Saturday saying that the woman’s claim was not true and no one was injured in the arrest of her boyfriend.
In addition to firing the problem employee, Whataburger said the manager would receive “retraining,” according to the Dallas Morning News.
Chief Burch addressed the situation in a lengthy Facebook post.
“The Denison Police Department enjoys great support from most of our community and our businesses.
“I get it, especially with the anti-police rhetoric from the national media and police-hate groups we see in the country, that many people buy into that rhetoric and dislike police,” the post read.
“Most of those that I have come across in my career that hate cops are very familiar with us because many have a lengthy history of arrests or have friends or family members with such a history.
“If a business does not want police officers as customers, just let us know,” Chief Burch wrote. “There’s no need to curse us and make a scene, just let us know you don’t want us there and we’ll go somewhere else.”