A North Carolina restaurant has been accused of mistreating on-duty deputies during their lunch break, going as far as preparing the food "to the point where [the meal] wasn't even fit to eat."
On July 10, two deputies in Cleveland County went to a Zaxby’s restaurant in Shelby, North Carolina, while in uniform.
"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 wrote about her husband's experience at the restaurant, as reported by WJZY.
Although the law enforcement officers ignored the comments, the mistreatment continued.
"Being the professional deputies that they are, neither of them replied to the rude comments or acknowledged it," the wife continued on Facebook, reports WJZY. "Then, as they sat down to eat their food, my husband realized that the boys had put the hottest sauce possible on his wings, to the point where his food wasn't even fit to eat."
Cleveland County Captain Joel Shores told WBTV that although the incident was upsetting, he was not surprised.
"Years ago, this profession was respected, it was honored," Shores said. "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 [to] do it because your heart’s in it to help the community?"
Shores said he wished that people realized that law enforcement officers aim to protect the public, not harm them.
"If you’re not ready to be ridiculed, law enforcement is not the job for you, especially in today’s world," he said. "We don’t want to shoot no one. We don’t want to pepper spray. We don’t want to taser, that’s not what we wake up to do. We wake up to protect."
Shores said the situation would be fully investigated and that Zaxby’s and the franchisee was deeply apologetic for the incident.
"We are not going to judge an entire franchise based on a couple employees," he wrote on Facebook. "That is what is happening to us in Law [Enforcement] and we are above that! Zaxbys can not be judged on a few bad apples. Just pray for our nation."