Chef Refuses Service to Va. Cop
A Virginia police officer says she was denied service by a Noodles & Company chef earlier this week.
Around 6:30 p.m. Monday evening, a female officer walked into the establishment on Duke St. in Alexandria.
FOX 5 reports that the cook at the restaurant came out of the kitchen, walked to the cashier and said something along the lines of “you are going to have to take me off the line, because I am not serving that.”
The cashier and cook then exchanged words and started laughing at the officer. The officer decided to leave the restaurant and called her supervisor.
“Well your first response as a police officer is anger, these are very difficult times right now with our relations with everyone and to have one of my officers treated in that manner unnecessarily, your first response is anger then you calm down a bit as usual let’s find out what happened and as we have talked to our officer and talking to the store management it seems to have happened as my officer stated,” Alexandra Police Chief Earl Cook said.
Chief Cook was so upset over the incident that he went to the establishment to address the situation.
“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,” the company said in a statement.
It is unclear if the employee who refused service to the police offer will face any disciplinary action.
“We are working with the appropriate authorities and local police association representatives to get to the bottom of, and resolve this matter as quickly as possible,” the company expressed. “We have made efforts to reach out to the police officer involved, but have not yet spoken with her. We will continue to look into the situation and will take the appropriate actions at the conclusion of this review.”