Chocolate shop fires employee who refused to serve cop after backlash

Kate Plummer
Tuesday 04 May 2021 14:34
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A chocolate shop employee has been fired for refusing to serve a police officer.

Christian Wong, owner of the Seattle based shop Chocolati Cafes, initially said the business would back the employee who took against the police officer.

He said at the time: “Although we do respect this team member’s freedom of speech, the actions in this instance do not represent our views as a company.

“We are actively working directly with this team member and the local precinct to create a more inviting, inclusive and cohesive community for all.”

But, following backlash on social media for not reacting more strongly, Wong added days later that the company and employee had decided to “part ways”.

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He wrote: “We work to advance diversity and inclusion at our business, and for our team members to follow their passions and to be engaged in the critical issues we face as a city, and a nation,.

“However, our team members cannot decide which customers to serve based on their own personal political beliefs. This simply is not an acceptable practice at our business.”

The Post Millennial reported that officers were ignored when one of them asked for a box of chocolates. The employee reportedly replied: “No, I won’t serve you.”

“They were met with a bit of hostility,” Mike Solan, president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, told Fox News.

Wong said he planned on meeting with the officer involved on Sunday to apologise to the customer.

We’ll see if he throws in a free KitKat.

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