BELLINGHAM, WA – Two officers from the Western Washington University Department of Public Safety pulled into Boomer’s Drive-In restaurant Wednesday night. They ordered and received their food, and got their bill.
One of them looked at it for a total, only the find “ACAB” written at the bottom of the slip of paper, according to KGMI. As you may know, “ACAB” is an acronym meaning “all cops are bastards.”
“According to Western Washington University spokesman Paul Cocke, Police Chief Darin Rasmussen contacted Boomer’s following the incident…The restaurant owners apologized and assured they had ‘taken action’ to mediate the situation.”
The owners of the drive-in, which is near the university’s campus and is popular with college kids and locals alike, have indeed issued an apology. In an open letter to the community, posted on their website, they wrote:
“It was brought to our attention late yesterday (June 10th) that a member of the Boomer’s Drive-In staff scribbled an insult directed at law enforcement on a receipt that went out with meals purchased by local police officers.
“We were horrified to learn what had been written on the receipt. That is unacceptable and we are so sorry and feel terrible about how that must have made those officers feel.
“We have investigated this incident internally and were able to identify which employee wrote on the receipt and have taken appropriate action. We will also be having a conversation with all employees to remind them how we, as a business and members of the community, will not tolerate insults of any kind toward any of our customers.
“We have reached out to the officers who were directly impacted and to the local law enforcement community since we realize they were just as likely impacted.
“We greatly appreciate those customers who alerted us to what had happened, providing us with the opportunity to quickly address the issue.
“Tony & Katy”
While we, Law Enforcement Today, recognize that these types of incidents are far from the worst thing that law enforcement face on a daily basis, it is still a disturbing reminder of the animosity and hatred that cops see every day, especially during these times.
They cannot even go eat a meal in uniform without facing criticism over something that happened 1,700 miles away and is being widely condemned by members of the law enforcement community.
There are some in our country that hate cops so bad, they are now even issuing death threats to those who support law enforcement.
While we have now stopped listing writers names on our articles because of the threats some have received, we have not shied away from telling the truth and bringing you stories that detail the reality of what is happening in our country today.
Earlier this week, we shared the story of Meg, the teenager who started a non-profit company that helps support the families of fallen officers. She and her family had to make the tough decision to remove the Thin Blue Line wrap off her vehicle after threats she received. The wrap made her an even greater target.
We receive countless reports of people who have had to remove anything resembling law enforcement support from their vehicles and homes.
In fact, here is an excerpt from an article written by our national spokesman:
At 1 a.m., I missed a couple of calls from a friend of mine. Then I got the text: 9-1-1.
I called him. Because Houston and I text. He only calls me when someone is dead.
I could hear it in Houston’s voice. I knew we had lost someone.
“Stephen’s dead,” he told me. “He was on duty tonight and got called out. They shot him and killed him, man.”
A dad of three. The nicest guy you’ll ever meet. A man who loved his family more than anything in the world. Gone – just like that.
The guy who broke the news to me? A police officer who took a shotgun blast to the face, barely survived, and is still a freaking cop. How’s that for perspective?
Then came the call from one of my writers.
“I’m so sorry I went dark tonight and couldn’t turn any more pieces. Someone showed up at my house and started screaming ‘fuck the police’ repeatedly while my kids were outside playing.”
It was a rough night for her. She had just gotten some of the most hateful emails I’ve ever seen – all while reporting on the horror. All while her husband was on duty.
By the way, she’s a former cop.
Now let’s flash back a few days.
To when an officer pulled me over.
Why? To warn me.
Not for speeding. Not for talking on my cell phone.
For having a Thin Blue Line sticker on my car and a decal for Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)
“I just wanted to give you a heads up we’re seeing a LOT of vandalism on cars that have stickers in support of the police. I appreciate you – but I also want you to be aware.”
In less than a week, we’ve had some ten million pageviews on our website from people wanting to know what’s happening in the world.
And with that have come the emails – and the personal message through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to our writers.
“Fuck you – I hope you die.”
“Cops are pigs and we’re going to burn them in a roast.”
“We’re going to rape your wives.”
Every day, I’m getting literally hundreds of messages sent to me from cops across the country – and their supporters.
Screenshots of horrific threats being made to them.
Pictures of mutilations.
Destroyed vehicles. Vandalized homes. Torched businesses.
And so we had to make a difficult decision. Continue our transparency of who our team is? Or protect them?
As journalists, we believe in full transparency. But as humans – and parents – our top priority is keeping our people safe.
We have well over 100 writers – and more than 80% of them are active, retired or wounded officers.
The majority of the rest are widows of fallen officers or other family members and supporters.
And so today, we’ve made the decision to remove the names of the staff bringing you stories.
If it is to the degree that writers are being threatened for writing, and a teenage girl is being threatened for making teddy bears, one can only imagine the threats being issued to the men and women who take an oath, put on a uniform, pin on that badge and then go stand in front of us to protect and serve.
Our prayer is simple.
God, please watch over our law enforcement and their families.
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