Officer Cameron Beckham and Deputy Michael Magovern stopped by a Whataburger in Lewisville, Texas while patrolling overnight traffic at a construction site on a highway. When they tried to order, the employee told the officers, “We don’t serve police.”
“He said it with a straight face, no smile, and just stared at us,” Magovern told KRLD NewsRadio 1080. “Even if he was joking, I’m not going to eat here because I don’t trust that.”
Whataburger responded to the incident on Twitter, saying that the company does not condone this type of behavior.
“I knew right off the top this was not a Whataburger corporate issue,” Magovern told CBS Dallas-Fort Worth. “This was a single location. One employee with a problem.”
Whataburger released a statement the next day to address this issue, saying that the employee who refused service has been fired.
“We were appalled to hear of an employee refusing service to two officers, as we have proudly served first responders across our system for decades,” Whataburger said in the statement. As soon as we heard of this isolated incident, we began our own internal investigation overnight. The employee that refused service is no longer employed with Whataburger. We’ve also invited the officers back today so we can apologize in person and make this right.”
This is not the first time police officers were refused service at a fast food chain. Just recently, a Florida police officer was refused service at Arby’s because the employee did not want to serve a police officer. That employee has been fired.