Two incidents from separate Kroger grocery store locations are making headlines. Employees at the locations both refused to serve customers because they shared their support for law enforcement. One incident occurred in Spring, Texas on October 2. The customer in question showed up to do her grocery shopping, wearing a shirt that had three words written across the front – “Police Lives Matter” – and the Kroger employees proceeded to confront the customer and refuse her service.
The customer, who only wishes to be known as “Meredith,” walked into Kroger and picked up all her grocery items. With a full cart, she got in line to pay. After spending a significant amount of time in the store, she began to load her items onto the conveyor belt. But that’s when the cashier confronted her and started to instigate the issue.
Meredith described how the cashier refused her service. She spoke to KTRK about the incident, saying: “She was stating that the shirt I had on was basically a slap in the face to her and she was doing everything she could not to cry.”
Obviously, the shirt struck a nerve with the cashier. The employee had to leave and handle the rising emotions. Another cashier took Meredith in their line and checked her out without further incident.
This is not the only time a Kroger employee had trouble serving a police officer. In Alexandria, Louisiana, another employee did not serve Pfc. Sabrina Farace of the Pineville Police Department. Because she believed the grocery chain needed to be exposed, Farace shared details about the act of protest to the website Blue Lives Matter.
“I was in Kroger’s shopping with my 6-year-old daughter. I walked up to the checkout line and placed my items on the counter for the cashier to scan my items. She sat there for a few moments and kept looking at me odd. When she refused to speak or pick any of my items up, I asked her if I could help her.”
Officer Farace then described what the cashier said.
“She replied, ‘Do you have your Kroger card?’ To which I responded, ‘Yes, I do.’ I handed her my Kroger member card, and she reluctantly took it from my hands. After she took it, I was waiting for her to continue checking me out. She looked at me, and with a rude tone, she asked, ‘Are you on the force?’ I stated, ‘Come again?’ She asked again, rudely, ‘Are you on the force, are you a cop?’ I stated, ‘Yes ma’am I am a cop.’ She then looked at me and stated, ‘I can’t check you out. I have to go get my supervisor.”
After these incidents, Kroger released a public statement.
“We are disappointed,” the statement read. “We want our customers, associates and the law enforcement community to know how deeply we appreciate and honor our police officers and the other first responders who put their lives on the line to keep us safe every day.”
Although these employees did not serve the cops, the grocery chain proclaims loyalty to the force.