A fast-food restaurant in North Carolina reportedly laid off two employees after a police officer's denial last week, but one of the women who quit says there is much more to the story.
Taren Woods, on-duty manager at Cook Out in Roxboro, said she was at the back of the restaurant when Sgt. Kenneth Horton of Roxboro Police stopped by after midnight on November 7, in uniform. Woods admits she did not see the interaction between the treasurer and Horton – who was denied service by the treasurer – but claims that all employees followed the company's policy.
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According to Woods, who spoke with WNCN, the treasurer refused to take Sgt. Horton's order, however, excused himself and asked an employee to enter the registry ̵
The Cook Out manager said that the official then asked why the first cashier would not help him before leaving the restaurant.
"I didn't know … it was so serious until the next day I heard that the treasurer was being fired because she didn't take the police order," Woods told WNCN, adding that she only learned that She was also dismissed upon arrival at work the following day.
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"[The district manager] told me he had to drop me because I didn't take control of the situation and say how I should have gone outside to take the police order, "Woods argued. “Keep in mind that it was midnight and according to the policy it is not allowed outside the building after 9:45. So why would I go out and chase a police officer? "
A Cook Out representative was not immediately available to confirm Wood's account or store policy provisions.
Roxboro Police had originally shared news of at least one employee's shooting on Monday, after news of Horton's visit began circulating on social media.
"We are sorry that an employee denied service to a police officer. We're promoting unity, "Roxboro Police Chief David Hess told WTVD-TV." Unfortunately, it's all because of a small measure that could have been avoided. "
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Woods is currently telling WTVD-TV that she is angry and "hurt" by her termination, and in the way the story has been reported.
"It's frustrating because it's a lie," added Woods, a 10-year employee of Cook Out, in a statement to WNCN. "And they got all this stuff up. And I lost the job and I had four children and it's Christmas time. So yes, that's not fair at all. "
Cook Out, founded in Greensboro, NC, operates about 250 locations in 10 states.
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Associated Press contributed to this report.