Talk about completely failing on Veterans Day.
A fast food restaurant cashier and her manager were fired after the cashier refused to serve a police officer in uniform who is also an Army veteran.
This happened at the Cook Out restaurant which is in Roxboro, North Carolina. Kenneth Horton is the long-serving police officer and army veteran who the cashier denied.
Despite enduring this terrible incident, Horton did not report it to his superiors. Instead, word of Horton's encounter spread through town and all over social media on Veterans Day weekend.
Roxboro Police Chief David Hess was extremely disappointed when he caught wind of the incidence. Hess said this completely went against the message of unity the department tries to preach to the community.
"We're saddened that an employee denied service to a police officer. We promote unity. The public here knows that. And, unfortunately, this incident has created a divide but it is only because of a small action that could have been avoided," Hess said to ABC11.
Cook Out immediately took action and fired the cashier who was responsible and the shift manager who was working at that point. Chief Hess pointed out that the restaurant took it upon themselves and wasn't directed to fire the employees by the police.
More on the story from Daily Mail:
The manager, who identified herself as a mother-of-four who had worked at Cook Out for more than a decade, told the station she wished the cashier had asked her to come to the front to take Horton’s order, rather than asked another cashier to do it.
‘If a cashier doesn't feel comfortable taking somebody else’s order, it's not wrong for them to ask somebody else do it or contact the manager,’ the former manager, who didn’t want to named, said of the chain’s policy of refusing service.
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You simply cannot allow this type of stuff to happen at a restaurant. Police officers and veterans deserve to be treated with the ultimate respect. The least you can do is make sure they get a meal they want to order.