On July 16, police officers in Phenix City, Alabama walked into a Taco Bell to grab a bite to eat. Much to their surprise, the officers, who were in uniform, were turned away by the cashier at Taco Bell who reportedly told them they don’t serve cops.
Has the war on police reached such epic proportions that in addition to worrying that they will be the target of another ambush by someone who wants to kill cops, now police officers can’t even get something to eat while on shift?
The entire situation was brought to light by Tammy Bush Mayo in a Facebook post. Mayo’s husband is a deputy sheriff in Lee County. The experience was shared with him by another deputy who simply wanted a quick and hot meal.
Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said his officers asked the cashier if she was kidding. Her response was, “No, I’m not serving you.” Jones released a full statement regarding the incident.
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.
I am inclined to believe that this was the attitude of one employee and not the policy of the management. The fair thing is to give them an opportunity to respond.
We won’t base our opinion of Taco Bell on one employee’s negative action any more than the general public should base their opinion of law enforcement on the negative action of one officer.
The sheriff’s office was contacted by Taco Bell’s corporate office on Sunday, the day officers were ambushed in Baton Rouge leaving three dead. Sheriff Jones commented on their conversation.
Corporate management has contacted the sheriff’s office in regard to the incident at their store in Phenix City last night. We were assured that they are taking this matter seriously and are conducting an investigation into the situation. They further related that they in no form or fashion endorse any negative actions toward law enforcement officers and as a company are very supportive of all public safety officers. I appreciate the corporate level response and actions to address this unfortunate occurrence.
He added that as worrisome as this incident is, it pales in comparison to what happened in Baton Rouge.
A spokesperson for Taco Bell’s corporate office said the company investigated the incident and the employee has been fired.
In the course of the investigation at the Taco Bell in Phenix City, Tacala, the franchise owner of that location, has terminated the employee who refused service to two Lee County Deputies on July 16th. Tacala has contacted the Lee County Sheriff’s Department to apologize directly to the two Deputies and assure them of their ongoing support of law enforcement.
Kudos for Taco Bell for standing with law enforcement but it is absolutely disgusting that this happened in the first place. Who would the cashier or the customer who said she didn’t want to eat near police officers have called if they were the victim of a crime? Why, police, course.
The men and women in blue who risk their lives in service to their community do not deserve this kind of treatment.