UPDATE: After a social media firestorm, the Great American Cookie employee who was suspended after after buying an on-duty officer a cookie, has been reinstated.
It all started when the employee offered to pay for the officer’s order, for which the officer thanked him and walked away, according to multiple reports and the 18-year-old’s mother.
The next family in line, angered that the officer’s cookie was paid for, demanded that the employee pay for their order as well.
When the employee refused, the family began to threaten the employee, as documented by the employee’s mother in a Facebook post, which has since garnered over 6,700 shares.
“The next family walked up and said “are you going to buy mine too?” My son replied with “I’m sorry I bought his because he is wearing a badge”…… then this customer started verbally attacking him, calling my son a racist, & threatened to beat him up. His wife threatened to go back there and slap him.. The middle aged man sat down his little daughter and tried to come behind the counter to attack him. Thankfully his coworker defused the situation. The man then said “I will get you fired”.
As soon as this man started the attack my son, he stepped back and walked away… he said very little to this man.”
Shockingly, the employee was initially suspended for 1-week for the near altercation with the family according to the Houston Chronicle.
After outrage at how the employee was treated however, VKC Refreshments, owner and operator of the Great American said in a statement that:
“On behalf of Great American Cookies Katy Mills, we owe the employee an apology. It was never an issue that he purchased a brownie for a police officer, but rather the events that unfolded with another customer in line at the time. However, after further review, we realize that the employee was in fact in the right and we continue to reach out to him and his mom to issue an apology. The corrective action and suspension was reversed immediately and we hope to connect with him today.”
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