An employee at a Taco Bell in Alabama refused to serve two deputies from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the fast food chain fired her.
Taco Bell said that the employee was fired and the fast food chain has apologized to the sheriff’s department.
The apology and termination came after the wife of a Lee County Sheriff’s deputy posted that two of his fellow deputies were refused service by a the Taco Bell cashier.
Mayo posted her husband’s story on Facebook:
My husband is a Deputy Sheriff in Lee County, Alabama and tonight a Deputy on his shift went into Taco Bell in Phenix City, AL and was told that they don’t serve cops. A lady waiting for her food spoke up to say that she was about to ask for a refund because she didn’t want to eat somewhere with a cop.
This really disturbs me that people have started treating law enforcement professionals in this manner when these same law enforcement professionals put their lives on the line everyday to protect all people, including this woman with a very bad attitude at Taco Bell. We’re going to research this further but if this is what Taco Bell allows to happen, they have lost my business and I hope others of you will do the same.
Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones investigated the Taco Bell story and discovered that the deputies had asked if she was kidding. The employee responded: “No, I’m not serving you.”
Jones released the following:
I’m very disappointed that simply because they were uniformed law enforcement officers that our deputies were treated in such negative fashion. We pride ourselves in giving people basic respect and only ask the same in return.
Some people never learn. Who did this woman think she was? I am glad her name has not been released so she does not get her 15 minutes of fame. It would be real ironic if she needed the aid of law enforcement at some point.