It Happened Again, Officer Denied Service-Tropical Smoothie
It happened again, officer denied service at a restaurant, this time at Tropical Smoothie
Winter Haven, FL – As officers are being gunned down, some workers still think it’s cool to deny service to police.
On Sunday, August 29th, Lake Alfred PD officer Adam Leatherberry posted to his Facebook:
“So today around 1430 hours Geoff Price and I went to Tropical Smoothie, located at 301 West Central Avenue in downtown Winter Haven, Fl. As we walked in together I was in plain clothes and he was in his police uniform.
This guy in the picture and another worker were the only two employees present. This guy said “Hell no!” to his buddy as he seen us at the counter ready to place our order. His buddy replied what and then he said “I’m not serving them! You can… it’s the cops! I refuse to serve them!”
We walked out to avoid any extra sauces in our food. I called to speak to the manager, Beth and was told she wouldn’t be there until tomorrow. Guess I will not be going back there. Another place that does not support law enforcement. #tropicalsmoothie #placesnottoeat #cops #lawenforcement”
The Tropical Smoothie quickly responded by firing the employee and immediately releasing an apology on their Facebook.
“We would like to thank everyone for the feedback! Our company doesn’t tolerate any discriminate of any kind. We have investigated into this case and terminated this employee immediately.
This employee’s comment about the police officers was very disrespectful and absolutely unacceptable! We have always supported law enforcement and military. For the past years, our cafe has served to numerous law enforcements who have patronized our café.
We sincerely apologize for the misbehavior of our former employee. His comments about the police offers were very disrespectful and absolutely unacceptable!
Thank you very much for all of your feedbacks, which has helped us improve and do better!”
Thank you Tropical Smoothie for handling the incident in an appropriate and timely manner. This should be the standard way to handle situations such as this.