CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An employee at a Charlotte food store claims he was fired after Gov. Pat McCrory’s security detail complained about a comment he made to the governor on Sunday, according to the Charlotte Observer.
McCrory was shopping at Reid’s Fine Foods when Drew Swope, 45, asked McCrory if he could help, according to the paper.
After he realized he was speaking to the governor, Swope apparently told McCrory, “Thanks for nothing,” and walked away, according to the paper.
Swope told the paper the governor was “upset” at his comment and began “yelling” at him. He claims McCrory told him he was a customer and shouldn’t be treated that way.
Swope said the governor and his security team complained to the food store owner, who then fired Swope.
Swope told the paper he does not blame Reid’s for letting him go, admitting, “I did speak out of turn.”
McCrory’s communications director Joshua Ellis told the paper that Swope also made an obscene gesture to the governor during the conversation.
Swope denied the accusation.
Read more: Charlotte Observer