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A Taco Bell Employee Was Fired for Refusing to Serve Law Enforcement

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An employee at an Alabama Taco Bell was fired after refusing to serve two Sheriff’s deputies.

The law enforcement officers came into the Phenix City Taco Bell on Saturday night. Opelika-Auburn News reports that when the cashier denied them service, they at first thought that she was just joking. When they asked if she was, she apparently responded by saying, “No, I’m not. We don’t serve law enforcement, and you need to leave.” So they left.

“I’m very disappointed in the fact that simply because two individuals were wearing the uniform of a law enforcement officer that they were refused service at this establishment,” Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones told OAN. “I would hope, and am more inclined to think, that this was the action of one person as opposed to a corporate policy or general cultural attitude of the business itself.”

Jones added that Taco Bell immediately got in touch with the Sheriff’s office to apologize, as well as express their support for officers of the law.

“Taco Bell and Tacala, the franchise owner of the Phenix City Taco Bell, in no way endorse this sentiment,” Taco Bell spokesperson Laura Nedbal told Fortune. “We are deeply appreciative of the men and women who have taken the oath to serve and protect our communities.” She added that the employee has since been fired.