Chief Cook paid the Noodles & Company on Duke Street a visit.
“Noodles & Company expects the highest ethical and personal behaviour from its team members. We value each of our guests and are committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect,” the statement began. “We do not tolerate any form of discrimination,” it continued.
“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,” the statement added. “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.”
A stock image from inside the Duke Street Noodles & Company.
Following the initial statement, Noodles & Company later announced that both of the employees involved in the incident have since been fired for treating the officer with disdain, according to The Washington Post. “In a statement, the company said that ‘the views and actions of these individuals’ were ‘inexcusable’ and do not reflect those of the company or the rest of the staff at the Duke Street location,” the source adds.
“We have concluded the two team members in question acted inappropriately and we immediately terminated their employment,” the company said in the follow-up statement. “We have the utmost respect for law enforcement officials and value the relationship we have built with the local Alexandria Police Department over the years.” But, that’s not all.
The Noodles & Company on Duke Street in Alexandria
Not only had the manager and the restaurant apologized to Chief Cook and the officer involved, the restaurant is also going out of their way to right this wrong and make it clear to both their employees and the community where they stand in regards to supporting local law enforcement.
According to Pete Feltham, a representative for the Alexandria Police Union, the restaurant hopes to make up for the way the officer was treated by placing signs on their doors declaring their support for the police. “We hope that the business is not judged by the actions of a couple of individuals,” Feltham said.
Pete Feltham, a representative for the Alexandria Police Union
The situation drew the attention of Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg, who said in a statement that she “appreciate[s] Noodles & Company’s swift and thorough response to and full-throated apology for this unfortunate situation,” adding that “after extensive dialogue with the company’s regional and national leadership, we are satisfied that this situation was an anomaly and should not reflect on the company nor its other hard-working employees.”
Many readers of the Fox News story about the incident expressed outrage. “I don’t know why the offended officer doesn’t sue for $150,000. This is NO DIFFERENT than the Oregon bakery’s refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Discrimination is discrimination!” one reader said while another reader took a more pragmatic view, commenting, “If I was a cop, I’d be way less concerned about these people who are openly anti-police than I would about what someone quietly harbouring resentment and handling my food.” Either way, it’s a sad state of affairs when anyone has to worry about those who are handling their food simply because of the career path they have chosen.
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