A group of Five Guys employees who refused to serve police officers earlier this week in Daphne, Alabama have been terminated or suspended.
The incident happened on Tuesday and, as of Friday, the burger franchise took disciplinary action against the employees while explaining to the public that those involved “do not represent Five Guys or the local franchisee.”
Five Guys provided a statement addressing the matter on Friday, July 10th:
Five Guys and the Daphne, AL franchise want to thank the Daphne Police Department for their support in working together…
Last Tuesday, a group of on-duty police officers with the Daphne Police Department entered a Five Guys restaurant for dinner.
According to police, multiple employees turned their backs to the officers with one employee saying “I’m not serving them.”
The officers left to get dinner elsewhere.
As of publishing, it was not reported that the officers had provoked the employees or that there was any adverse dialogue preceding the employees’ refusals.
The Daphne Police Department also provided a statement regarding the incident:
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.