A worker at a Florida McDonald’s reportedly refused to serve two paramedics because they were in uniform.
While police officers have been denied service at fast food establishments, this discourtesy has typically not been extended to paramedics.
According to WFTS-TV, two paramedics entered a McDonald’s location in Madeira Beach on Wednesday night. An employee told both of these paramedics separately that they would not be served because they were wearing badges.
In a review he wrote of the incident, one of the paramedics, Anthony Quinn, said that a worker at the McDonald’s had initially told him, “we don’t accept officers in here.”
But when he explained that he was a paramedic and not a police officer, the employee changed the rule to include “anyone with a badge.”
Quinn said that when his partner entered a few minutes later to order food, he was also told “we don’t serve your kind here.”
In a now-deleted Facebook post reported by Newsweek, Quinn said that it was “[j]ust insane how people are.”
In a statement to WFTS, the company that runs that McDonald’s franchise location confirmed that the incident had taken place:
We are aware of the unfortunate incident that took place at one of our restaurants last night. We, like you, were upset and disappointed and took immediate action. The employee has been terminated. What occurred does not reflect the values of our brand, our franchise, or the love and admiration we have demonstrated consistently for our friends in law enforcement and first responders. We have reached out to offer our sincerest apology.