Noodles & Company apologizes after refusing to serve officer
Incident under investigation by restaurant
Restaurant chain Noodles & Company apologized to the International Union Police of Associations after a Virginia store reportedly refused to serve an officer in uniform.
According to multiple reports, an officer was attempting to order on Monday when an employee said he wouldn't cook for the officer.
"A cook walked to the cashier and said, 'I'm not cooking for that one.' She also said that the employees laughed and said something she couldn’t hear," according to a report from WUSA.
Following up on the story, WUSA reported Wednesday that the local police union vice president, Peter Feltham, met with a Noodles & Company manager and received an apology.
The officer, who chose not to be identified, reported the incident to a supervisor.
According to WUSA, Feltham said the Noodles & Company manager promised to post signs, saying, "We Support Blue Lives," and the incident is under investigation by the restaurant manager, who added that disciplinary action would be taken against employees who were involved.
Noodles & Company issued a statement, according to NBC 4 in the District of Columbia.
"Noodles & Company expects the highest ethical and personal behavior from its team members," the statement said. "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."