Cops Make A Stink Over Arby’s Drive Thru Worker “Refusing Service” To Florida Cop
The Pembroke Pines Police Department sprung into action after uniformed Sergeant Jennifer Martin says she went to an Arby’s location Tuesday night and an employee allegedly told his manager he didn’t want to serve her.
According to Daily Mail reports:
Martin filed an ‘offense report’ about the incident after she was told that Kenneth Davenport, 19, did not want to serve her when she pulled up to the drive-thru window.
His manager Angel Mirabal, 22, allegedly told the officer that he didn’t want to give her the food she ordered ‘because you are a police officer’.
The report said that Mirabal was referencing Davenport when she made the remarks and that the employee had not run Martin’s credit card after she gave it to him.
Martin reported that she told the manager the situation made her uncomfortable and eventually went inside and being given a refund.
‘I was uncertain of the condition of my food and felt, for my safety, it would be best not to eat there,’ Martin wrote.
It was unclear what the officer, who took Mirabal’s contact information but could not get Davenport’s, thought had been done to her food.
Mirabal had also allegedly said that the employee had the right not to serve the officer, according to NBC Miami.
Don’t most places have the right to refuse service?
In anycase the police department went off in their press release and quickly got their apology:
‘I am offended and appalled that an individual within our community would treat a police officer in such a manner,’ the department’s Chief Dan Giustino in the ensuing press release.
Giustino said in the release that the incident was ‘unacceptable’ and he would be asking for an apology from Arby’s CEO Paul Brown.
Both Brown and Arby’s Senior Vice President of Operations, Scott Boatwright later contacted Giustino to apologize.
The PPPD’s tweet about the apologies came less than two hours after its initial sharing of the press release.
Arby’s said in a release: ‘We take this isolated matter very seriously as we respect and support police officers in our local communities.’
‘As soon as the issue was brought to our attention, our CEO spoke with the Police Chief who expressed his gratitude for our quick action and indicates the case is closed.’
The company also said: ‘We will be following up with our team members to be sure that our policy of inclusion is understood and adhered to.
‘Further, we will be following through with disciplinary action up to and including termination of the employees involved, as appropriate
Davenport told the Sun-Sentinel that the incident had been ‘just blown way out of proportion’.
He said later on Wednesday that ‘[My manager] just made a joke and she couldn’t take it the right way, she has no sense of humor’.
Hey cops forget about the “serve” part of their job description all the time too, don’t they?
Sounds like the Arby’s manager is super messy to have even told the cop all that. SMH. It’s interesting how hard cops will go for their own — shame they don’t always show the same concern over citizens rights.
Just sayin. What do you think about this case? Do you think Davenport should be fired? And is it really the worst thing in the world to be fired from Arby’s?
Pembroke Pines Police Department/WSVN