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Restaurant chain employees fired after refusing service to Virginia police officer

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Two employees were fired after a Virginia police officer was denied service at a Noodles & Company restaurant, FOX 5 DC reports.

The incident occurred Monday evening when one of the cooks refused to serve a uniformed officer waiting in line. According to Alexandria Police, the cook told the cashier, “You better pull me off the line, because I’m not serving that,” referring to the officer. The cashier and cook reportedly laughed before the officer left.

Noodles & Company released a statement on Thursday, confirming the termination of the employees and apologizing to the officer in question and the Alexandria Police Department.

“Discrimination of any kind is never tolerated at Noodles & Company,” the statement read. “After completing a thorough investigation into the allegations brought to us by a police officer who visited our Alexandria, VA location, we have concluded that the two team members in question acted inappropriately and we immediately terminated their employment.”