Protest all you want. Call them pigs, give them dirty looks when they pass you, leave boxes of donuts by their vehicles. But whatever you do, don’t deny them their Taco Bell.
Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones is still shocked after hearing about how two deputies were treated at a local Taco Bell. According to the report, the deputies walked inside the restaurant just before 10:00 pm and were told by the cashier/manager that they wouldn’t be served.
Jones told reporters that the deputies thought the employee was joking at first…
“They initially thought that she was joking. They even asked her if she was kidding. Her response was, ‘No, I’m not. We don’t serve law enforcement, and you need to leave.’”
Obviously this news spread around town and it eventually made its way to Taco Bell headquarters. A spokeswoman for the company released a statement confirming the employee had been fired.
“Taco Bell and Tacala, the franchise owner of the Phenix City Taco Bell, in no way endorse this sentiment. We are deeply appreciative of the men and women who have taken the oath to serve and protect our communities.”
The franchise owner contacted the Sheriff’s Department to apologize directly to the officers involved. And while Jones is pleased with the response from Taco Bell and the franchise owner, he’s still worried about what this means for the future…
“I’m very disappointed in the fact that simply because two individuals were wearing the uniform of a law enforcement officer that they were refused service at this establishment.”