‘Shocked and Disappointed’: Florida Cop Denied Service at McDonald’s


One Florida police officer says he will never again visit McDonald’s after being denied service simply because he’s a cop.

Lt. Tim Lancaster, who has been with the Palm Bay Police Department for 23 years, wrote in a Facebook post that he traveled Friday to his local McDonald’s in an unmarked car while wearing his uniform.

He was “completely shocked” by how he was treated:

Completely shocked and disappointed. I have been working in law enforcement for over 20 years and never thought I would personally experience what just occurred at the drive thru at the McDonald’s at Palm Bay Road and Babcock Street.

I ordered my lunch, paid at the first window and moved up to the second window to pick up lunch. When I got to the window, the clerk looked at me with my drink in hand and stopped. For the record, I am in full uniform and an unmarked car. She handed my drink to another clerk and walked away in disgust.

Lancaster said he asked the remaining clerk what was wrong. He claimed she told him her co-worker “refuses to serve cops.” The encounter, the officer said, left him “embarrassed and upset.”

The law enforcement officer contacted the store’s general manager, who told him the issue would be addressed.

Ultimately, Lancaster, who said he will never again return to the fast-food joint, told Florida Today he believes McDonald’s will handle the issue “appropriately.”

“I was shocked, that’s a good word,” he recalled. “I never thought I’d be at a point in my career when I’d see something like this.”

Lancaster’s post has been shared more than 7,000 times.

This article was published on ijr.com


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