Multiple Five Guys employees in Alabama have been fired or suspended after refusing to service members of the Daphne Police department.
Five Guys restaurant posted on their Facebook page Friday:
Five Guys and the Daphne, AL franchise want to thank the Daphne Police Department for their support in working together toward a resolution. The actions the Daphne, AL franchise have taken include termination and suspension of the employees involved. The store has temporarily closed for further education and customer service training with a representative from the Daphne Police Department and will reopen at 4PM today, July 10th. As we uphold our commitment to fair, respectful, and equal treatment for all customers, please know that the actions and sentiments of a few employees in Daphne, AL do not represent Five Guys or the local franchisee.
Per Breitbart, the Daphne Police Department released a statement Thursday regarding the incident, which sparked outrage on social media and offered thanks to Five Guys for their efforts to resolve the issue.
Daphne police told FOX10:
The Daphne Police Department appreciates the outpouring of support from our community and from supporters of Law Enforcement across the country. We also want to thank Five Guys on a corporate and local level. We have been working through this situation and there has been total cooperation. The Daphne Police Department does not think that the actions of a few employees represents Five Guys as a whole.
Rumors surfaced after the event took place that claimed the officers were not wearing masks and that reason led to them being refused service.
The Daphne Police Department also cleared the air of those rumors and said, “All three officers were wearing masks the entire time they were inside of the establishment. The events that occurred while the officers were in the restaurant were unfortunate.”