It may have started out as a joke, but an incident of alleged discrimination against police officers at an Arby’s in Pembroke Pines, Florida has resulted in the suspension of one employee and the termination of another.
Earlier this week, Sgt. Jennifer Martin pulled up to the drive-thru at Arby’s and gave the employee her credit card (she later noted that his response was short and rude). Supposedly, the employee, Kenneth Davenport found himself so busy with other customers that he could not complete the transaction, according to The Blaze. That’s Davenport asked his manager, Angel Mirabal, for help. Mirabalallegedly told Sgt. Morrison, “He won’t serve you because you’re a police officer.”
After the incident, the local Pembroke Pines Police Department demanded an apology. No charges have been filed, but Angel Mirabal was fired, and Davenport was suspended for a few days.
“The isolated incident does not represent Arby’s Restaurant Group views and Arby’s values,” Arby’s said in a statement. “We appreciate all that you do, as well as the hard work and sacrifices of your fellow law enforcement officials in communities across America.”
Arby’s will be giving out free combo meals to any police officer who shows up in uniform to the Pembroke Pines restaurant.