Union: Cook at Noodles & Company refused service to police officer

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ALEXANDRIA, VA (WCMH)–A cook at a restaurant in Virginia refused to make a meal for a police officer on Monday, the officer’s union said.

The officer went to Noodles & Company for dinner, according to NBC Washington. 

“While they were waiting in line, a cook from behind the counter went up to the cash register person and pointed and said, ‘You’re going to have to take me off the line, I ain’t serving that,’” Alexandria Committee of Police Vice President Peter Feltham told the station.

Feltham said the officer decided to leave the business.

The restaurant said managers reached out to the officer but have not spoken with her yet.

The restaurant also said it is reviewing the employees involved. The union and Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook each met with restaurant management on Tuesday, and another meeting is scheduled next week.

“”These are very difficult times right now in our relations with everyone and to have one of my officers treated in that manner unnecessarily, your first response is anger,” Cook said. “Then you calm down a bit and say, ‘let’s just find out what happened.'”

The company released the following statement:

“Noodles & Company expects the highest ethical and personal behavior from its team members. We value each of our guests and are committed to treating every one with dignity and respect. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination.

We are working with the appropriate authorities and local police association representatives to get to the bottom of, and resolve this matter as quickly as possible. We have made efforts to reach out to the police officer involved, but have not yet spoken with her. We will continue to look into the situation and will take the appropriate actions at the conclusion of this review.”

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