AUSTIN – The manager of a pizza restaurant in Austin, Texas says he fired an employee after a police officer who came in to order food was given a receipt that included a profane insult. It was a cheap shot by an immature person.
Officer Nito Delgado-Eberhardt visited Southside Flying Pizza on East Cesar Chavez Saturday night.
He late posted about the incident on Facebook, according to Blue Lives Matter, writing “Was hoping to get a quick slice for the road. Instead, got a bad vibe from the cashier. What sealed the deal for me was seeing her taking a picture of the patrol car while flipping it off. Good times. The receipt is proof after the fact that it was money well spent to learn about this place. We did NOT eat the food.”
The employee reportedly wrote “pig a— motherf*****” at the bottom of the receipt.
— Jenni Lee (@JenniL_KVUE) February 26, 2017
David Hatley, the manager, says he was “appalled” by the actions of the employee.
“That’s where we hang our hat is customer service and quality of food, but even more so with the police officers that work in our community,” Hatley told Fox 7.
Upon learning about the insult, the manager wasted no time taking corrective action.
“Obviously we’re deeply appalled by the incident and that employee has been let go. We’ve also already donated a combined $1,000 to a police memorial fund,” Hatley said.
Austin Police Association receives apology with gratitude
President of the Austin Police Association Ken Casaday says local law enforcement officials are appreciative of the actions taken by Hatley and his team.
“This is one bad incident that I think they definitely deserve to be forgiven for. Of all people that should know this is police officers,” said Casaday.
Although anti-police rhetoric has become more common in recent years, he said they are also seeing more positive interaction from people in the communities in which they serve.
“We see more people that act like that towards us, but we’re also seeing, on the other side, it’s very unlikely for me to walk into a restaurant in Austin and not have someone pay for my food.”
One (former) employee does not represent restaurant
Despite Southside management’s swift action to mend relations with the police officer, Hatley says his shop has received several death threats via email and over the phone since the receipt was posted online.
Austin police flooded the restaurant Monday during lunch to demonstrate their continued support for the business. Beyond Austin police, Sheriff Robert Chody of Williamson County joined them as well. He spoke favorably of the restaurant and encouraged others to avoid judging the business based upon one rogue employee.