A uniformed police officer was denied service at an Alexandria, VA restaurant in yet another instance of retaliation to police abuse headlines.
A cook at Noodles & Company reportedly refused to serve an officer, discussing with a cashier: “I am not serving that.” The officer then left the premises, calling her supervisor. This prompted a visit from the Alexandria police chief to clear up the incident. The restaurant released a statement reaffirming its non-discrimination policy.
“Noodles & Company expects the highest ethical and personal behavior from its team members. We value each of our guests and are committed to treating every one with dignity and respect. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination.”
Stories of service refused to cops becoming commonplace
This is by far not an isolated incident, as police around the country have been denied service over the past month. A gas station clerk in Florida was fired for refusing to ring up an officer after inquiring about a friend’s arrest. A Delaware state trooper was allegedly denied service at a Royal Farms convenience store, while a restaurant in Washington faced a severe backlash after allegedly telling two officers to take their business elsewhere because other customers felt uneasy by their presence. Dallas officers told to leave for making customers uneasy, Aventura officer asked at a burger joint if he shoots black people, two Alabama officers told at a Taco Bell that they don’t serve cops (and another incident happening nearby)…. the list goes on and on. It’s safe to say that the service industry and law enforcement are going through a rough spot in their relationship.
Anarchist cafe set the standard for service refusal to police
In 2010, the Red and Black Cafe, a Portland, Oregon based cafe gained infamy for asking a uniformed police officer to leave, and standing by that decision. The outpouring of hate, including threats of arson and murder, were balanced by a boom in business as supporters of the cafe’s no-cop policy flocked in. Four years later the cafe bounced back into headlines after a co-owner called emergency services to respond to a heroin overdose, but insisted that police not come, and even indicated that they would not be allowed on the premises.