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Restaurant chain issues apology after refusing service to Virginia police officer

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A restaurant chain has apologized after an employee refused service to a Virginia police officer on Tuesday, WUSA9 reports.

The officer, who did not wish to be identified, went to a Noodles & Company restaurant on Monday. As she was waiting to place her order, a cook reportedly told the cashier, “I’m not cooking for that one,” referring to the officer. Other employees were said to have laughed and said something the officer couldn’t hear.

“She was really shaken up by this,” said Peter Feltham, the Local 5 vice president for the International Union of Police Associations.

Feltham met with a Noodles & Company manager on Tuesday and received an apology for the incident.

The manager told Feltham that disciplinary action would be taken against the employees that were involved. Additionally, the manager promised to post signs saying “We Support Blue Lives” on the doors of the restaurant.

Noodles & Company said in a statement that they are “working with the appropriate authorities and local police association representatives to get to the bottom of, and resolve this matter as quickly as possible.”