The disrespect directed at America’s law enforcement professionals by fast-food workers is reaching epidemic proportions.
It was just the other day that we reported on how a veteran cop in Florida was refused service by workers at a Palm Bay McDonald’s. The officer took to social media to give his account at how rudely he was treated, and the company responded that such conduct would not be tolerated.
Now comes the story of another verbal assault on a police officer, this time a female Illinois state trooper who when she was going through the Mickey D’s drive-thru window, was serenaded by an employee with the favorite term of the hip-hop generation “Fuck the Police” which is the title of a song by outlaw rappers NWA.
The trooper’s sister also took to social media to post her own account of the encounter with a young member of the Democratic party base. It quickly got the attention of the store’s owner – it was a franchise- who quickly conducted an investigation and fired the person who cursed out the trooper.
— heraldandreview (@heraldandreview) February 14, 2018
Via Decatur, Illinois-based newspaper The Herald and Review “Owner: McDonald’s worker in Normal fired after verbally attacking state trooper”:
A McDonald’s restaurant employee in Normal who apparently used profanity when taking the order of an Illinois State Police officer in the drive-through lane was fired hours after the incident, the franchise owner said Tuesday.
Jack Millan said he became aware of the incident Monday afternoon and he and his son-in-law, co-owner, Mikel Petro, responded immediately.
The incident became a hot topic on social media late Monday after a Pontiac woman posted that her sister, an Illinois state trooper, went to the McDonald’s at 1607 N. Main St. in Normal about 11 a.m. Monday. According to her post, the trooper, in full uniform and driving a squad car, ordered lunch at the drive-through.
“When she went to pay, the female employee said to her, ‘I just have to say this to you. (Expletive) the police!’” the post read. “She just drove to the next window to pick up the food. At this window, the guy was laughing and said, ‘Wow, that’s a female trooper she said that to.’ All the workers inside were laughing. She threw the food away and called corporate.”
Millan said he was out of town Monday but was informed of the incident early in the afternoon. He immediately called Petro, who was already on his way to the restaurant.
“We were absolutely appalled,” Millan said. “Our discussion wasn’t about what to do, but rather about verifying who, and terminating that person immediately.”
Petro contacted the officer and state police to offer regrets and apologies on behalf of the company, Millan said.
“This is not who we are and goes against everything we stand for,” he said.
Following the news that the offending former employee had been made to suffer the consequences, the officer’s sister once again took to Facebook. This time to post her gratitude.
UPDATE: Im happy to say McDonald’s has fired the person who said this to Tracy. I do not know if the others involved have been punished. The public support has been overwhelming and it’s truly amazing to see so much support for law enforcement. I hope this reminds everyone of the abuse (and yes this was abuse) that officers go through on a daily basis. Thank you all. All my friends know my sister is a state trooper. I love her more than words can express. She just called me to tell me what happened to her at mcdonalds at 1607 n main st in normal store #26619 at 11 am today and I am beyond pissed. She ordered her lunch at the drive thru in full uniform and squad car. When she went to pay, the girl said to her ” I just have to say this to u. Fuck the police!” Tracy is much nicer than I am, I would have had plenty of words back, but she just drove to the next window to pick up the food. At this window, the guy was laughing and said wow that’s a female trooper she said that to. All the workers inside were laughing. Tracy threw the food away and called corporate. My response is this. Fuck McDonald’s! You will never get my business again.