Two uniformed Louisiana deputies from the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office were denied service and subjected to excessive mocking at a St. Francisville Burger King earlier this month.
The two deputies were reportedly attending a training session and headed to the burger restaurant for lunch, pulling into the drive-thru to place an order.
However, when the deputies began requesting food, the employees on the other end told them they were not allowed to order anything.
When the deputies asked if it was because they were law enforcement, the employees said they were out of food, ranging from chicken to burgers, followed by snickering and laughter.
According to WBRZ, the deputies were then forced to sit in silence for a period of time before they were finally in contact with the employees again, eventually allowed to order.
When the patrol vehicle pulled up to the window, the deputies found themselves being ignored by employees, who laughed the entire time.
APSO PIO Lonny Cavalier described the encounter as a humiliating event for the two deputies, who simply wanted something to eat.
WBRZ attempted to contact the local Burger King, only to have the employees on the other end hang up repeatedly. After finally reaching someone, they were told to call the owner and the line was disconnected.
Franchise owner Joe Clements said that he was aware of the incident and that other guests had been denied food as well, demanding a retraction by the APSO for assuming the deputies had only been refused due to their position within the community.
Clements would add that since the incident took place, the individuals involved have since been sacked.
Last Friday, Burger King corporate released a statement, issuing an apology to those affected.
“The actions of this Team Member do not reflect the values of our brand,” the statement said. “The Team Member in question refused service to multiple Guests on that day, including two law enforcement officials. The Franchisee, who independently owns and operates this location, has confirmed that this individual no longer works for the organization. We’d like to sincerely apologize to the deputies for the poor experience and are grateful for everything they do to protect our communities.”
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