A fast-food restaurant in North Carolina reportedly fired two employees after a police officer was refused service last week, but one of the women who was terminated says there’s much more to the story.
Taren Woods, the on-duty manager at the Cook Out in Roxboro, said she was in the back of the restaurant when Sgt. Kenneth Horton of the Roxboro Police stopped by after midnight on Nov. 7, in uniform. Woods admits she didn’t see the interaction between the cashier and Horton — who was refused service by the cashier — but claims that all employees adhered to the company policy.
According to Woods, who spoke with WNCN, the cashier did refuse to take Sgt. Horton’s order, but excused herself and asked a fellow employee to step in at the register — which Woods says is company policy.
The Cook Out manager said the officer then requested to know why the first cashier wouldn’t help him, before leaving the restaurant.
Taren Woods, a 10-year employee of Cook Out and the on-duty manager, claims she was fired after a cashier refused service to a police officer, even though the woman followed company policy by asking another cashier to take his order.
“I didn’t know … it was that serious until the next day I heard the cashier got fired because she didn’t take the cop’s order,” Woods told WNCN, adding that she only learned that she, too, was fired upon arriving at work the following day.
Cook Out, which was founded in Greensboro, N.C., operates approximately 250 locations in 10 states.
So, there's a couple thoughts here...
FIRST: This restaurant, Cook Out has a policy that LETS their cashiers pick and choose whom they want to take orders from!? Seriously?
So... even though this cashier didn't want to help a cop - does this policy stand when a black customer doesn't want to help a white customer? What about if you have a disabled customer? A Mexican customer? You can't just fucking pick and choose WHO you wait on when you are a fast food cashier. But Cook Out supposedly has a policy in place that allows their cashiers to do this!?
But second... one of the comments below got it right regarding all these assholes that are refusing to service police officers.
Should we reciprocate and let the police officers have that same option?
What if you were calling for help, had been in a car accident, had been shot, was having a heart attack, had been raped or robbed or car jacked, or your tiny little 3 month old baby was choking on something... and you call 911 for help. And the police officers arrive, take one look at you and decide they didn't want to help you because of whatever reason.... (as the cashiers at Cook Out are allowed to do);
"Yeah, uh, I'm not comfortable helping you, so I'm just going to step on over here and put a call out to some of my fellow officers and see if any of them feel like helping you today....."