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Whataburger on July 9, 2015 in San Antonio.
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A Whataburger employee who refused to serve two police officers in Lewisville, Texas has been fired.

According to WFAA8, a Dallas ABC affiliate, Officers Michael Magovern and Cameron Beckham were in uniform when an employee claiming to be a manager said “We don’t serve police officers.”

The company released a full statement on the employee’s termination:

The former employee told WFAA8 that his refusal to serve the officers was a joke. The incident is reminiscent of a similar firing at a Florida Arby’s where a manager was terminated and a clerk suspended after an officer was allegedly denied service for being a cop. The clerk in that instance also claimed the refusal to serve the officer was a misunderstood joke.


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