A uniformed police officer was denied service at Noodles & Co in Alexandria, Virginia when the chef refused to prepare the officers order.
On Monday evening, the female officer was standing in line at Noodles & Company on Duke St. in Alexandria when she was refused service, according to officials. The cook at the restaurant came out of the back and told the cashier that they would not cook for the officer. At first, the cashier was confused with what the cook was saying, then the cashier and the cook both began to laugh at the officer. In an effort to not create a scene, the officer decided to leave the restaurant when she realized what was happening.
The Washington Post reports:
Crystal Nosal, a spokeswoman for the department, said the female officer in uniform went into the Duke Street location of the chain restaurant for dinner and stood in line behind a family. A female cook came out from the back of the restaurant and told the cashier, “‘You better pull me off the line, because I’m not cooking for,” then gestured at the officer, according to Nosal.
Nosal said the cashier looked confused before spotting the officer and laughing. The officer then said, according to Nosal, “I guess you don’t want my money,” and left.
The company released the following statement:
Noodles & Company expects the highest ethical and personal behavior from its team members. 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. – Noodles & Company
The Alexandria police department is also looking into the matter.