A Party City employee in Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania refused to fill a balloon order after learning it was for a police officer’s memorial.
Karly Lane said her “heart was broken” after being denied the dozen blue and black balloons that were intended to honor her friend, Duquesne police officer Robert Gogo jr., who died in an off-duty motorcycle last month, according to Channel 11.
The clerk apparently told Lane that she refused to support a police officer and called for someone else to wait on her.
“How can you not support a police officer? It doesn’t matter. They don’t know my brother. They don’t know what kind of man he was. They don’t know what he did in his job. It just hurts,” GoGo’s sister Jennifer Martino.
Party City released a statement that they are looking into the matter.
Duquesne Police Chief Richard Adams mentioned his displeasure with the story. “”As police officers we don’t pick and choose where we go,” Adams said. “People have a right to make their own decisions, but it is disturbing to me.”