A Krispy Kreme employee has caught the attention of social media users everywhere following her personal decision not to serve a police officer. According to Breitbart, the incident occurred at a Krispy Kreme donut shop in Columbia, South Carolina. When an officer with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department came through the Krispy Kreme drive-thru, he was met with a relatively shocking response as he prepared to place his order. The unnamed female employee reportedly made it clear she wouldn’t be assisting the officer.
Then to make matters worse, her alleged reason was simply because the officer was a cop. Details about the incident surfaced on Facebook when a man named Jeremy Thompson recounted the daunting experience in a social media post. “I ain’t doin’ this one. No way I’m not serving him,” the Krispy Kreme employee reportedly said. “Someone else is going to have to take care of him cause I ain’t doin’ it.”
“I looked out the window,” Thompson wrote, “and it was a police officer. I looked at the lady and asked her why she wouldn’t serve him. She said ‘I don’t do the Police.'”
Not only was he furious about the worker’s actions but he also boycotted the Krispy Kreme location for not reprimanding the employee. Needless to say, both aspects of Thompson’s arguments in the Facebook post caught the attention of other Facebook users and, as expected, most agreed and criticized Krispy Kreme.
Krispy Kreme employee refuses to serve a customer ...because he was a police officer. https://t.co/JXooN5avt7— NYC EMS Website (@NYCEMSwebsite) May 7, 2016
Shortly after the Facebook post began circulating, news outlets reported about the incident which prompted a response from the sheriff’s department. On May 5th, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department released a statement addressing the incident. The Facebook post also included a copy of the correspondence between Krispy Kreme Mechelle Carey and Sheriff Leon Lott, who serves as head of the law enforcement agency.
“An incident involving the Krispy Kreme on Clemson Rd, SC where an employee refused to serve a law enforcement officer solely because he was a cop recently occurred and a witness posted the incident on social media which reached the attention of many,” the statement read. “While unfortunate situations being shared and discussed via social media and other avenues is greatly appreciated so that corrective action can take place, the law enforcement community is certainly one who understands that the poor actions of one employee does not properly represent the views and values of the community, business, organization, etc. as a whole.”
The controversial ordeal has sparked a heated debate among social media users because it was initially unclear whether the employee was terminated or not. However, Krispy Kreme quickly responded to the speculation. Despite the way the incident may have appeared to the customer who reported it, the district manager made it clear that the establishment does not support the actions of the employee in question. It has also been confirmed that the situation has been addressed and handled accordingly.
On behalf of Krispy Kreme, Carey issued an official statement of apology on behalf of the department, according to Fox 57. Carey also reassured the public that Krispy Kreme supports and respects all members of law enforcement agencies.
“I wanted to write and assure you that we have not only dealt with the employee with strong disciplinary action but to apologize directly to the entire department,” district manager Mechelle Carey said in a public statement. “We have a long standing and wonderful relationship with all our local law-enforcement, military and first responders – this partnership is incredibly important to us.”
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