LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) – A Phenix City Taco Bell employee has been fired for allegedly refusing service to two Lee County Sheriff's deputies, the chain's corporate spokesperson said.
The termination comes after an east Alabama woman, whose husband is a Lee County Sheriff's deputy, says two of his fellow deputies were allegedly refused service by a restaurant's employee.
Tammy Bush Mayo posted to Facebook on Saturday that her husband's colleagues, who were both dressed in their uniforms, were treated rudely at the Taco Bell located at 2059 Hwy. 280 in Phenix City on July 16.
Mayo took to Facebook to share her husband's story:
Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones confirmed the incident with multiple sources on his staff. Jones says at 9:40 p.m. on Saturday, two LCSO deputies were told by a counter cashier they would not serve law enforcement and needed to leave.
Lee said the deputies asked if she was kidding and the cashier allegedly responded: "No, I'm not serving you." A customer in store also commented, allegedly saying she was glad the cashier wasn't serving them because she would not eat there if they had been served.
Jones released a released a statement, saying:
Sheriff Jones released a second statement on Sunday afternoon:
Sheriff Jones went on to say:
The store's district manager Robert Chauvin said that this was an isolated incident and the employee's actions were against company policy.
Taco Bell spokesperson Laura Nedbal issued the following statement to News Leader 9, stating:
The second statement from Nedbal confirms the termination, saying: