Respect, Inc.: Why Courtesy To Cops Trumps Your Dumb Job
Oct. 8, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Police are a critical component of our criminal justice system. They are also losing respect in the eyes of the public with every documented incident of police conduct, as Ken Womble recently mused. Despite the increasing level of skepticism, police still remain one group that demands — and receives — accolades from the public for their every action.
When individuals speak up, and express a level of less than complete adoration for the men and women in blue, the response is nothing short of petulant whining, foot stomping and then requests for immediate retaliation.
Arby’s has fired the manager and indefinitely suspended a clerk two days after a Pembroke Pines police officer said she was denied service at the restaurant because she was a cop.
The dismissal of Angel Mirabal, 22, and suspension of Kenneth Davenport, 19, were confirmed Thursday evening by Arby’s spokesman Jason Rollins in an email.
The two men were working at the restaurant, 11755 Pines Blvd., when Sgt. Jennifer Martin said she was told by Mirabal that Davenport refused to ring up her order after accepting her credit card.
“He doesn’t want to serve you because you are a police officer,” Martin quoted Mirabal as saying.
Officer Martin could have chosen to get her food elsewhere. Instead, she chose to “document the incident” in an offense report and asked to speak with the manager, who offered her a refund and handed her the food she ordered previously. That wasn’t enough, though; Officer Martin’s feelz had been harmed.
“I explained to Mirabal that this made me extremely uncomfortable and now wasn’t certain I wanted to dine at the restaurant,” Martin wrote.
“Mirabal assured me everything was OK and handed me my food,” Martin reported. “Mirabal even laughed and said he is allowed to refuse to serve me.”
Martin said, “I was uncertain of the condition of my food and felt, for my safety, it would be best not to eat there.”
Instead of leaving and going elsewhere, where she didn’t have to fear for the condition of her food, which would have been the perfectly rational reaction by any other human being, Officer Martin decided to file a police report. After news of the incident hit the media, the inevitable pointing and shrieking about disrespect toward law enforcement began.
“I am offended and appalled that an individual within our community would treat a police officer in such a manner. It is unacceptable, and I will be contacting the Arby’s CEO to demand an apology,” Chief Dan Giustino, with the Pembroke Pines Police Department, said in a statement.
Giustino says the department and its officers have a great relationship with the community, and this comes as a shocking blow.
“We are very proud of the partnerships we have built within our city, and for an incident like this to have happened is very disappointing for everyone,” he said.
Arby’s quickly offered an apology and even attempted to give local police free combo meals as a result of the incident. That concession wasn’t enough for the Florida and Dade County Police Benevolent Association President John Rivera.
“It is beyond comprehension and deeply troubling that a business would deny service to a law enforcement officer just for being a law enforcement officer. In this case, after the clerk refused to serve the officer, the manager came up to the window laughing and said that the clerk had the right to refuse service to the officer. This is yet another example of the hostile treatment of our brave men and women simply because they wear a badge. It is unacceptable and warrants much more than an apology. We support our brothers and sisters who wear the badge in Broward County and across the United States. Until corrective action is taken and the employees involved in this incident are terminated, we are calling for a national boycott of Arby’s,”
The employee, Kenneth Davenport, claims he was simply overwhelmed with the amount of orders in the drive-through and need his manager’s help. The manager claims the entire event was a joke blown out of proportion. It doesn’t matter to the men and women of law enforcement in South Florida who no longer feel safe to eat their Beef & Cheddar sandwiches with Horsey Sauce. The proverbial pound of flesh must be extracted from those who dared offend a cop, and Florida police will not stop until both employees lose their jobs.
It’s not just refusal of service in a fast food restaurant that has police in a collective uproar and demanding the heads of those who offend their sensibilities. Apparently, writing in Sharpie pen on a coffee cup will also cause law enforcement to raise their respective hackles and start snarling.
Dunkin’ Donuts is apologizing after one of its employees reportedly wrote #blacklivesmatter on a police officer’s coffee cup.
The incident happened Friday afternoon at a Providence, Rhode Island location. According to a Providence police union, the officer was buying a coffee and the employee serving him seemed “somewhat rude and appeared as though they did not want to serve the officer.”
The cop later discovered that the employee wrote “#blacklivesmatter” on the cup.
This is simply a matter of a person writing something on a cup with which a police officer took offense. Instead of griping in private to his buddies, friends and family, the cop chose to take it to social media, which erupted in a firestorm of pointing and shrieking about respect.
The union said that officers work tirelessly to protect the public, and they’re not happy with the Dunkin’ employee’s message.
“The negativity displayed by the #Blacklivesmatter organization towards police across this nation is creating a hostile environment that is not resolving any problems or issues, but making it worse for our communities,” The Executive Board of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #3 said in a statement. “They are doing this by increasing tensions amongst police and the people they serve.”
Color me shocked. A union officer is so upset about the public not adoring every move cops make in the community that they choose to exercise a moment of speech, as unprotected from ramifications as it may be, that they choose to become offended over the content of said speech and demand a boycott of Dunkin Donuts? Sounds like par for the course of police in the nation.
This attitude is manifesting with increased regularity across our nation with the heightened skepticism the public has towards law enforcement. The only thing police can do, apart from their regular conduct chronicled in these pages, is complain when someone makes their job “more difficult” and demand apologies, firings, and free Munchkins from the prospective offender.
The worst part of all this is that every cop that asks for a service industry employee to be fired for an alleged grievance will get their way, whether the occurrence happened the way the officer claimed or not. No franchise wants to be seen as “that company who hates cops,” and no local restaurant or business wants to find themselves “behind the curve” when it comes to response time for police in the event of an emergency.
The employees who were reprimanded, and in some cases fired, for each of these actions have no real recourse. They were private employees, and each was subject to the whims of their employers and the overarching mission statements of the companies for whom they worked. Yet this attitude is growing across the United States with each incident where police action is called into question, and the only response law enforcement maintains is to demand firings and boycotts because their jobs are “hard” and their feelings are hurt.
Maybe we need to look into the character and nature of these “adults” with the ability to take the life of another at the blessing of the State before we validate another law enforcement officer’s alleged offended feelings. Maybe they would do better with a job at Arbys. I hear they have an opening.