An incident where an employee of a Columbia, SC Krispy Kreme restaurant refused to serve a police officer is drawing considerable attention on social media today.
The incident occurred on April 29 and was witnessed by another patron, who recounted the details of the event in a facebook post.
The post went viral and inspired a response from both the manager of the Krispy Kreme restaurant as well as the local sheriff.
In his account of the incident, the man who witnessed the event stated on facebook, "When she looked out the window she said, 'I ain't doin' this one. No way I'm not serving him. Someone else is going to have to take care of him cause I ain't doin' it.' I looked out the window and it was a police officer. I looked at the lady and asked her why she wouldn't serve him. She said 'I don't do the Police.'"
The manager of the Krispy Kreme franchise in question released a statement, reading in part, "I wanted to write and assure you that we have not only dealt with the employee with strong disciplinary action but to apologize directly to the entire department."
The Richland County Sheriff's Department remarked as well, stating, "An incident involving the Krispy Kreme on Clemson Rd, SC where an employee refused to serve a law enforcement officer solely because he was a cop recently occurred and a witness posted the incident on social media which reached the attention of many. While unfortunate situations being shared and discussed via social media and other avenues is greatly appreciated so that corrective action can take place, the law enforcement community is certainly one who understands that the poor actions of one employee does not properly represent the views and values of the community, business, organization, etc. as a whole."