SHELBY, N.C. – By Kim Rogers - Staff
Deputies in Cleveland County, North Carolina, were taking a lunch break in uniform when they were taunted and served tampered food by employees at a Zaxby’s fast-food restaurant.
“As they walked up to place their orders, the boys in the back cooking the food started yelling at them and calling them names," the wife of one of the officers involved posted on social media about the incident.
She said her husband and his partner ignored the insults and continued to order.
"Then, as they sat down to eat their food, my husband realized [they] had put the hottest sauce possible on [his] wings to the point where his food wasn't even fit to eat," she said.
Capt. Joel Shores of the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office was not surprised by the way his deputies were treated.
"Years ago, this profession was respected, it was honored. Now to get ridiculed, to be a target, to possibly get shot at, for little pay... What’s the motivation to be a police officer other than do it because your heart’s in it to help the community?” Shores said.
According to WCMH, Zaxby’s later issued a statement:
“The Zaxby’s located at 2005 E. Dixon Blvd., Shelby, N.C. is independently owned and operated by a franchisee. It is our goal to always provide every guest with exceptional service.
"Upon notification of this incident we launched an internal investigation with our management team and are working quickly to resolve this issue.”
Shore took to Facebook on behalf of his employees Monday, writing:
“We have made contact with the appropriate folks at Zaxby’s. They have told us it will be fully investigated and are extremely sorry that this occurred. They were very apologetic. We are not going to judge an entire franchise based on a couple employees. That is what is happening to us in Law Enforcement and we are above that! Zaxby’s cannot be judged on a few bad apples. Just pray for our nation.”