A fast food restaurant in North Carolina reportedly fired two employees after a police officer was denied service last week, but one of the women who was terminated says there is much more to the story.
Taren Woods, the duty manager at Cook Out in Roxborough, said she was in the back of the restaurant when she cried. Kenneth Horton of Roxborough Police stopped by 11:00 pm in uniform. Woods admits she did not see any interaction between the cashier and Horton – who was denied cashier service, but claims that all employees adhere to company policy.
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According to Woods, who spoke with WNCN, the cashier refused to take Sgt. Horton, but apologized and asked a colleague in the company
The Cook Out manager stated that the employee then wanted to know why the first cashier was not helping him, before leaving the restaurant.
"I didn't know … it was so serious until the next day I heard that the cashier was fired because she did not comply with the cop's order," Woods told WNCN, adding that she only learned that she was fired upon her arrival the next day.
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"[The district manager] told me that he had to let me go because I did not take control of the situation, saying that I had to go outside to obey the order" Woods said. "Please note that it was midnight and the policy states that we are not allowed outside the building after 9:45. So why go outside to chase a cop? "
A Cook Out representative was not immediately available to confirm Woods' account or store policy.
Roxborough police initially shared the news of at least one employee fired Monday after news of Horton's visit began circulating on social media.
"We are saddened that an employee has refused a police officer's service. We promote unity, "Roxborough Police Chief David Hess told WTVD-TV," Unfortunately, it's all about a little action that could be avoided. "
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Meanwhile, Woods told WTVD-TV that she was angry and "hurt" by her termination, and by the way the story was reported.
"It's disappointing because it's a lie," added 10-year-old Cook Out employee to WNCN Woods in a statement. "And they messed up all that stuff. And I lost my job and I have four kids and it's Christmas time. So yeah, that's not fair at all."
operates Cook Out, which is based in Greensboro, NC. approximately 250 locations in 10 states.
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The Associated Press is involved in this report.