A McDonald's employee in Texas was fired after refusing service to a police officer and his family.
The incident occurred at a McDonald’s in Brenham, KBTX reported. An off-duty police officer was ordering food for himself and his two children when an employee denied him service.
"Nobody deserves to be treated like that," Brenham Police Chief Craig Goodman told KHOU. "We know that these problems exist everywhere, but we did not expect that here."
McDonald’s customers were also disturbed by the incident.
"It's beyond disrespectful, it's anti-American," one customer, named Gloria, told the news station.
"The same lady that refused the officer, if someone breaks into her house, who is she going to call?" another customer, H.C. Troxler, wondered.
The officer was eventually served by another employee. The franchise owner of the restaurant confirmed the worker who denied the officer service is no longer employed with McDonald’s.
"They, much like a police organization, looked at what took place, and after gathering the information, they came to the right decision and that employee no longer works for their business," Goodman said.
Goodman added that the employee’s son was in custody and facing serious charges. He said he believes that may have played a part in the employee’s actions.
"He's disappointed in what happened, mainly because his kids were with him," Goodman said of the police officer, who is a former Marine. "We're not judging McDonalds and their employees based on the action of this one worker. Just like we ask the community and the country not judge our police officers because other officers make bad decisions."