Some restaurant workers are under fire for their disrespectful treatment of local police who were there for a meal.
With just one offensive song, the police were understandably upset by their treatment.
Police officers visiting the Smithfield’s Chicken & Barbeque in Raleigh, North Carolina, were in for an unpleasant surprise when they heard what the employees were singing.
The staff, including the manager, surprisingly enough, were heard singing “F**k the police” by the rap group N.W.A. while the officers dined.
The cops finished their meal and left, but later posted a note on Facebook to make the restaurant owner aware of the incident.
The Raleigh Police Protective Association wrote: “THANK YOU Smithfields Chicken & Barbeque Jones Sausage location for the class and professionalism as you sang “F- the police” as my brothers at Raleigh Police Department attempted to eat at your restaurant. The manager sang along as well. Do you really feel that was appropriate?”
While the post went viral, it was later taken down. David Harris, a franchisee of the restaurant, apologized to the officers for the incident, with plans to address those employees who were involved, saying he respects law enforcement and plans to take the issue seriously.
He wrote: “We respect law enforcement, we have called upon them in the past for assistance, we take utmost seriousness of this issue, we have spoken with numerous officers tonight, we will do thorough investigation and terminate anyone employed that doesn’t share our RESPECT of ALL law enforcement. We will continue to support RPD!”
The Raleigh Police Protective Association later posted an update on Facebook, writing: “We really appreciate the support we have received from the incident involving Smithfield’s Chicken and BBQ. We are confident that a positive resolution will occur as a result from our effort.”
The post continued: “Currently, the conversation between some people on the previous posts have deviated from our original mission which was to raise awareness to that particular situation and to show what police officers have to face now on a regular basis. For that reason, we decided to delete the original post.”
They summed it up by writing: “We believe that all people should be treated with dignity and respect. Our officers do their best to complete this mission every day. We are comforted that the community at large has our back. We greatly value your continued loyalty and support in the future. Thanks again and best wishes. Matthew Cooper, President R.P.P.A.”
People responded to the Facebook update with comments, including this statement: “When you patronize a business (for those that don’t understand this means spend your money in their establishment) you deserve respect. It doesn’t matter who you are cop or not. If this doesn’t happen then the business will suffer from their disrespect and should!!!”
Another commenter was clearly unhappy with the incident, writing: “I will NEVER eat there or support Smithfield’s ever again and I hope the Police boycott them if they ever need anything – absolutely disgusting and they should be fired.”