Chicago, IL – An employee at Chicago’s Happy Camper pizza restaurant was fired after allegedly scrawling a message on a uniformed officer’s receipt telling him to quit his job.
A photo of the unnamed Chicago police detective’s receipt was circulated widely in a since-deleted Facebook post.
According to the receipt, the alleged incident occurred at the Happy Camper restaurant on North Clark just before 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 30.
The person who shared the photo said in the post that they were friends with the detective, who had gone to the restaurant “in full uniform and riot ready,” according to the Daily Mail.
When the detective picked up his order and paid his $65.89 bill, he noticed that someone had scribbled “Quit your job!” on his receipt.
“He still tipped, and was the gentleman that he always has been,” the Facebook post read. “He then walked outside, and threw his food in the garbage for fear that someone spit in it.”
The detective’s friend said that although everyone is entitled to their own feelings and political views, it was “unacceptable” for a restaurant worker to have committed such an act in a “professional environment.”
“How can any business allow this to happen?” the post read. “Clearly there is a lack of management and professionalism in this establishment.”
Happy Camper quickly addressed the allegations in a Facebook post the following day.
“Our company works incredibly hard to provide a positive and enjoyable experience for all customers,” the statement read. “Upon learning this morning about an incident last night involving a customer, we immediately took action to terminate the employee.”
“We sincerely and humbly apologize,” Happy Camper said. “The action of one does not accurately reflect who we are as a company. We have zero tolerance for any behavior that doesn’t give our customers the full respect they deserve.”
The pizza restaurant said it also reached out to the detective “to personally apologize,” and offered him a full refund and a gift card to a restaurant of his choosing.