Brenham McDonald's employee fired for not serving police officer

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BRENHAM, Texas - McDonald's says an employee at a Brenham location has been fired after she refused to serve a member of law enforcement.

The franchise owner of the Brenham restaurant confirmed the termination Tuesday, and said they had initially taken the employee off of the store's shift schedule while they investigated the claims.

After hearing from everyone involved, McDonald's immediately terminated her employment.

According to Brenham Police, the incident took place within the past few days at the location in the 500 block of Highway 290 West.

An off-duty officer and his family were at the restaurant when the employee refused to serve them.

Chief Craig Goodman says management was quickly notified. He says the employee refused to serve the officer because she was upset about her son recently being arrested.

The officer was served by another employee during the same visit.

“We know this was an isolated incident that involved a single employee who is not fond of law enforcement," Goodman said in a statement Wednesday. "It is my hopes and prayers that this employee and anyone else who has a negative view of law enforcement address the real and/or perceived problem through positive communication with us.

“The actions of that one employee do not reflect the beliefs or opinions of management, the owners, or the McDonald’s company as a whole," the chief continued. "We would like to thank the owners of McDonald’s for their continued support and for seeing that this issue has been resolved."

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