PEMBROKE PINES (CBSMiami) — A South Florida police union is calling for a national boycott of Arby’s after police say an officer was denied service.
Police said an employee at an Arby’s located at 11755 Pines Blvd denied the uniformed officer service on Monday night. According to police, the officer was denied service because she was a police officer.
“I am offended and appalled that an individual within our community would treat a police officer in such a manner. It is unacceptable,” stated PPPD Chief Dan Giustino.
In reaction to the incident the Dade County Police Benevolent Association is calling for the employees involved to be fired.
“It is beyond comprehension and deeply troubling that a business would deny service to a law enforcement officer just for being a law enforcement officer. In this case, after the clerk refused to serve the officer, the manager came up to the window laughing and said that the clerk had the right to refuse service to the officer. This is yet another example of the hostile treatment of our brave men and women simply because they wear a badge. It is unacceptable and warrants much more than an apology. We support our brothers and sisters who wear the badge in Broward County and across the United States. Until corrective action is taken and the employees involved in this incident are terminated, we are calling for a national boycott of Arby’s,” said Florida and Dade County PBA president John Rivera.
According to a police report on the incident, the police officer was told by the manager “He doesn’t want to serve you because you are a police officer.”
After that the officer said she wasn’t certain she wanted to dine at the restaurant but the manager assured her everything was okay and handed the officer the food, according to the report.
The manager allegedly laughed about it and said the clerk was allowed to refuse to serve the officer.
That’s when the officer said she was unsure about the condition of her food, decided not to eat there and asked for a refund, the report states.
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