HOUSTON – A Houston deputy was so upset that he took to Facebook after an insulting incident in a barbecue restaurant occurred, but considered a joke by the offender.
In a post last week, which was later removed, but not before being shared many times over, Deputy Shane Cates wrote about employees at Going’s Barbeque & Steak Co. in Crosby playing the song, “F— Tha Police” by N.W.A., after he and other officers sat down to eat.
He commented that while eating, he noticed other customers looking at them while the music played behind the counter.
“The guys in the back were playing a rap song that was saying ‘f— (the actual word was used) the police’ over and over,” he wrote.
According to Cates, when he checked where the music came from, he saw a 17-year-old singing the song while washing dishes. When he turned and noticed the officer, he started laughing.
Cates asked to speak with the manager, but he was not there, so they left with the music playing while customers looked on, the report says. “I was completely shocked and thought surely no one was doing that as a dig on cops,” Cates wrote in the post.
Cates concluded his post by saying “this is just wrong in so many ways” and that “I can’t find anything in me that thinks this is ok.” He went back to the restaurant the following day and talked to the manager who was non-apologetic about what happened and didn’t seem to care if he lost customers.
However, the co-owner of the restaurant, Rigo Berto Ruiz, confirmed the incident and said the dishwasher who intentionally played the song was fired.
Ruiz said the incident appears to be a miscommunication because of a language barrier. He also said Cates, a regular customer, and the manager have known each other for years and they played jokes on one another. During the conversation, the manager didn’t know Cates was seriously upset and thought he was joking.
He said co-workers described the dishwasher as “jokeful” and thought playing the song would be funny. “Clearly, it wasn’t,” Ruiz said.
Cates deleted his original Facebook post Tuesday evening. He wrote in a new post that “it was not my intention for the owners of this restaurant to be hurt or punished in any way. I walked away from this meeting not only proud to know that these people do support law enforcement but also confident they will never allow something like this to happen again.”
“This was a huge hit to the image we’ve worked to establish,” the owner said. “This is not us, and this is not what we abide by.”
In a Facebook post, Ruiz clarified what happened and is offering a free meal for the officers. He wrote:
I would like to make it publicly clear that the incident does not reflect my company’s position on law enforcement… In efforts to show our support, we will be holding an event at our Crosby and Baytown locations to treat our officers to a free meal. We hope that the image that we established over the last few decades will continue to reflect our stance as respectable business owners and members within the community…
Whether it was an intentional jab, or a practical joke, it appears the Dishwasher With Attitude will take his music to another restaurant.