An Arby’s spokesman told The Daily Caller News Foundation Thursday night that the employee who refused to serve a Florida police officer out of resentment for police has been indefinitely suspended and that the manager of the location has been fired.
“We take this isolated matter very seriously as we respect and support police officers in our local communities,” Arby’s spokesman Jason Rollins told TheDCNF in a statement. “As soon as the issue was brought to our attention, our CEO spoke with the Police Chief who expressed his gratitude for our quick action and indicated the case is closed.”
Rollins told TheDCNF the employee was indefinitely suspended “pending further investigation.” The manager is Angel Mirabal, 22, and the employee was identified as Kenneth Davenport, 19.
The police department won’t identify the officer, but media outlets have identified her as police Sgt. Jennifer Martin.
Martin said an Arby’s employee refused to serve her because she was in her police uniform and police car. When she went inside to complain, Mirabal told Martin the reason Davenport didn’t want to serve her was because she is a police officer. Davenport is a black male.
The department’s police chief publicly demanded an apology which caused a media uproar.
The employee has since said the entire incident was a misunderstood joke, The Sun-Sentinel reports.
The Dade County Police Benevolent Association called for the employee to be let go. Threats of boycotts against Arby’s likely had the fast food chain nervous.
Arby’s gave the officer a refund and has apologized.