Multiple employees of a Bojangles restaurant in Jacksonville, North Carolina have been fired after an investigation then began when a police officer accused them of pretending to tamper with her order.
Jillian Wenderoth, an officer with the local Jacksonville police, took to social media and posted about an experience that she had as she was picking up her food order at the drive-thru window.
Wenderworth said that drive-thru workers were surprised to see a uniformed officer pull up to the window, at which point they began joking about spitting into her order.
“So tonight, I had the privilege of being judged and discriminated because of the uniform I wear,” she wrote in a post shared to Facebook on Thursday. “…As I pulled up to the pickup window one of the employees saw me and said, “oh f—!” Then proceeded to laugh with another employee. This same employee then drew spit in his mouth and made the motion to spit in the drinks he was making to hand me. He then laughed about it.”
A North Carolina news outlet, WCTI, was able to get confirmation from Bojangles that the investigation had been done and action was taken.
Bojangles spokesperson Donna Rodwell wrote in a statement shared with WCTI, “We became aware of the unfortunate isolated incident that took place at our Jacksonville restaurant last week and took immediate action. After contacting the customer directly and conducting a thorough investigation, the employees responsible were immediately terminated. We are working closely with local law enforcement. This type of behavior is not consistent with our values or our culture, and it will not be tolerated at any Tands restaurant.”
Later Wenderoth thanked the speedy action of Bojangles in an updated Facebook post where she stated, “First, I would like to say that I am greatly thankful for the swift actions by the Bojangles Corporation and staff in regards to this incident. They have been thoroughly investigating this matter and will be addressing their employees involved. Many of the Bojangles Corporations staff have profusely apologized to me and have stated that they are strong supporters of law enforcement.”
She also stated, “Please understand that I do not believe that the actions of a few represent the Bojangles Corporation as a whole. Anyone in my career knows how huge of an effect it is when people believe that “the actions of few represent the whole”. I do not hold the actions of these select employees against the Bojangles franchise.”