A cookie store employee from Texas was suspended after he paid for a police officer's order.
After 18-year-old Zachary Randolph paid for the officer's brownie with wages from his job at Great American Cookies in Katy Mills Mall, another customer asked him if he would do the same for him, according to Daily Mail.
When Zachary said no because the man was not a police officer, the customer became irate, saying that the employee was racist. He also threatened to beat Zachary up and get him fired.
After the incident, Zachary was called into a meeting with the store's managers, WSB-TV reports.
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Zachary's mother, Tami Kurtz Randolph, said that while the company's upper management wanted to fire him, the store's manager did not terminate him, since he had been a good worker, but warned that if another incident occurred he would be fired.
Zachary received a warning for the incident and was suspended from his job for a week.
Zachary said he had just wanted to give something back to the officer for his work.
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"He's just a really nice guy and on top of that he had a badge," said the store worker. "That's enough for me to buy him something. That's the least I can do."
"A lot of people I know my age don't support police officers," Zachary added. "I don't think it's fair."
"They were asking if I was going to buy them a cookie," he said of the group that he served after the officer. "And I told them both, 'No. They don't have a badge. I'm sorry.'"
Tami made a post on Facebook about the incident which received widespread attention, being shared more than 6,000 times.
"Since when does buying a police officer a cookie give anyone else a reason to attack someone," said the mom. "And when did a Corporation want to FIRE someone for being KIND, taking what a customer said or did, regardless of how hateful they are."
"Great American Cookie Company you FAILED on this one," Tami added. "Thankfully my son said he would do it again in a heartbeat."
Great American Cookies offered Zachary an apology over the incident, saying that he had been in the right.
"On behalf of Great American Cookie Katy Mills, we owe the employee an apology," said the store's owner, Biju George. "It was never an issue that he purchased a brownie for a police officer, but rather the events that unfolded with another customer in line at the time."
"However after further review, we realize that the employee was in fact in the right and we continue to reach out to him and his mom to issue an apology."
George also noted that Zachary's suspension would be reversed immediately.