Five Guys fired or suspended multiple employees from its Daphne, Alabama location for refusing to serve members of the Daphne Police Department, according to a statement released on Friday:
"Five Guys and the Daphne, AL franchise want to thank the Daphne Police Department for their support in working together toward a resolution. The actions the Daphne, AL franchise have taken include termination and suspension of the employees involved. The store has temporarily closed for further education and customer service training with a representative from the Daphne Police Department and will reopen at 4PM today, July 10th. As we uphold our commitment to fair, respectful, and equal treatment for all customers, please know that the actions and sentiments of a few employees in Daphne, AL do not represent Five Guys or the local franchisee."
Local station FOX10 reports the officers said six or seven employees acted together, turning their backs on the officers when they entered the restaurant. The officers overheard an employee say, "I'm not serving them."
The Daphne Police Department released a statement on Thursday regarding the incident:
"The Daphne Police Department appreciates the outpouring of support from our community and from supporters of Law Enforcement across the country. We also want to thank Five Guys on a corporate and local level. We have been working through this situation and there has been total cooperation. The Daphne Police Department does not think that the actions of a few employees represents Five Guys as a whole. ... The events that occurred while the officers were in the restaurant were unfortunate. We will continue to work with Five Guys on this matter towards resolution once all the facts are known."