Whataburger makes a mean hamburger. Not all of its employees make good decisions. One those, now a former employee, may have learned a lesson on Saturday. When two police officers entered the restaurant, she refused to serve them. That would have been easy enough to dismiss had she not launched into an expletive filled tirade, too.
The incident occurred in Denison, Texas. Denison Police Chief Jay Burch (center) described the incident in a Facebook post.
The employee reportedly refused service to the officers, cursed at them and called them racists. She said that the police had beaten up her boyfriend.
When the officers asked to talk to the manager, the manager refused to get involved. “I don’t get into politics,” he reportedly said.
The police, after hearing of the incident, have decided to eat elsewhere. They did send an investigator to hear out the employees claims of abuse. After listening to the story of the woman’s boyfriend, though, they found no evidence to support her claims.
“As we most always try to do when there is a conflict, a police supervisor went to the restaurant and asked to speak to the employee in an effort to understand why she felt the way she did toward police. The employee alleged ‘cops beat up my boyfriend and are racists.’ When questioned further, the employee said her boyfriend was “beat up” when arrested by DPD a few weeks ago. The police supervisor went to the station and found the documentation of the arrest, then reviewed the video or audio of the arrest from the arresting officer’s dash cam. It was a “routine” arrest. There was no physical altercation and no one injured. So the employee was simply lying about her boyfriend getting ‘beat up’ by police.”
“Even though this one business accepts employees that refuse to serve and then curse cops, I guarantee you when they call 9-1-1 and need us, we’ll come running. That’s what cops do,” Burch wrote.
Whataburger, as would be expected, has terminated the employee. They have not, as of yet, fired the manager who refused to intervene.
The company released this statement:
“We immediately launched an internal investigation when we heard these reports, and have learned of an isolated incident where an individual employee acted out of line with Whataburger’s values to treat all customers with respect. We took swift action and this person is no longer employed by us. We’ve also reached out to the police sergeant to apologize and plan to speak with the other officers involved to apologize in person and make this right. Whataburger truly appreciates our law enforcement and their efforts to protect and serve our communities.”