You know you’ve reached a new low in life when you get fired from McDonalds. And that’s just what happened to an employee in Madeira Beach, Florida this week.
Here’s the back story. A McDonalds employee turned away paramedics Wednesday night, originally thinking they were cops.
It came to light after Anthony Quinn, a paramedic with Sun Star Inc., wrote a Facebook review of the Madeira Beach McDonald’s that he and his partner were denied service at the restaurant.
In it, he said he went in to use the bathroom when the employee told him that the restaurant “doesn’t accept officers in here.”
Quinn then told the employee he was a paramedic and not a police officer. The employee said he wouldn’t serve “anyone with a badge.”
When his partner went to order, the employee said he wouldn’t serve “his kind.”
Casper is the company that runs the location.
They released the following statement.
“We are aware of the unfortunate incident that took place at one of our restaurants last night. We, like you, were upset and disappointed and took immediate action. The employee has been terminated. What occurred does not reflect the values of our brand, our franchise, or the love and admiration we have demonstrated consistently for our friends in law enforcement and first responders. We have reached out to offer our sincerest apology.”
It’s reminiscent of an incident that happened at a Houston Taco Bell, which fired one of its’ employees and apologized after a disparaging note was scribbled on an order handed to a Houston police officer.
The bag containing the officer’s food had the message “F*** pigs” written on the bottom, reported WLTX.
The incident happened at the Taco Bell location at 8919 Spring Cypress Road on the same day two Houston police officers were shot in southwest Houston.
“When he got home and he was done eating his tacos, he flipped the bag over and found a very offensive message,” said Joe Gamaldi of the Houston Police Officers Union.
The officer posted a picture of the bag on Facebook and called his union, which contacted Taco Bell. The chain and its franchisee said they conducted an investigation. At the conclusion of their inquiry, they said the employee involved in the misconduct was terminated.
“Taco Bell really stepped up to the plate,” Gamaldi said. “They fired the employee, and not only apologized to the officer, but to every single Houston police officer.”
Taco Bell and its franchisee released the following statement:
B&G Food Enterprises, the franchise owner of this Spring, Texas location, and Taco Bell in no way endorse this sentiment. We are deeply appreciative of the men and women who serve and protect our communities and our country. The franchisee does not tolerate discrimination in any way, and in the course of the investigation has terminated the employee involved. B&G Food has contacted the officer and the Houston Police Officers Union to apologize directly and assure them of their ongoing support of law enforcement.