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Video: Arby's Fires Manager, Suspends Clerk Who Refused to Serve Florida Officer

September 04, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Arby's Fires Manager, Suspends Clerk Who Refused to Serve Officer

The Arby's fast food chain announced late Thursday that it had fired a Florida restaurant manager and suspended a clerk after a female police officer said she had been denied service because she was in law enforcement, reports Fox News.

Arby's spokesman Jason Rollins confirmed to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that manager Angel Mirabal, 22, and clerk Kenneth Davenport, 19, had been disciplined.

The chain known for its roast beef sandwiches became the center of a national firestorm after an incident Tuesday night, when Pembroke Pines Police Sgt. Jennifer Martin, 34, pulled up to the drive-thru and ordered a meal. When she handed over her credit card to pay, Davenport allegedly refused to ring her order up. That prompted Mirabal to say "He doesn’t want to serve you because you are a police officer."

Sgt. Martin finally received her food, but said she was too uncomfortable to eat it, so she returned it and got a refund. The next day, the department tweeted about the incident, which Chief Dan Giustino called "unacceptable."

To show their appreciation for local law enforcement, a few days later, McDonald's served breakfast and lunch to the Pembroke Pines Police Department, while local radio station Magic 102.7 and Whole Foods Market offered up all sorts of goodies to the officers, reports WPLG.

Comments (9)

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Jon Retired LEO @ 9/4/2015 1:41 PM

I for now will not be patronizing Arby's any more. The last time the food was cold and the prices way out of range. I don't think that even Ving Rames who is the voice of Arby's can save them from this one.

Rick Valentine @ 9/4/2015 4:26 PM

Most of the officers in my department learned years ago that, in today's climate, it is unwise to order fast food in uniform, when the person who fixes that food knows the person its going to is a law enforcement officer.

bob peterson @ 9/4/2015 6:03 PM

Great Job Arbys. Police in the area need to remember the name Kenneth Davenport to make sure he doesn't serve food to police. You don't know what he might put in it. Officers, be safe, don't hesitate.

Chuck @ 9/5/2015 5:07 AM

This nonsense is spiraling out of control.

I want to know why BOTH weren't fired!!??

EODK9Trainer @ 9/5/2015 4:26 PM

"that manager Angel Mirabal, 22,"

Manager at age 22. What the hell does Arby expect?

plato's playdough @ 9/6/2015 2:05 AM

Interesting response, to fire the Manager, but retain the employee (code word "suspended." Afraid they might lose an Umemployment Insurance Claim?

rede2hike @ 9/7/2015 11:20 AM

I will NEVER eat at Arby's again. As a matter of fact my whole crew will NOT eat at any restaurant that we can not see our food prepared ever again.
After 25 years of sacrificing myself for the UNGRATEFUL, selfish JOHN Q PUBLIC i'm sick of it.
I have never harmed anyone that has not tried to harm me first.
If you dont want to see my smiling face DON'T break the law!!

Mike M @ 9/7/2015 11:45 AM

I will never go to an Arby's again.

Tschako @ 9/30/2015 11:07 AM

rede2hike: You're showing serious signs of burnout. Been there, done that. Kick back, and take pleasure in the fact that you do a great job, a job that very few people in the world are suited for.

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