One Florida officer is reluctantly coming forward to discuss how a McDonald’s location refused to serve him because he was a police officer. While in the drive-thru on Friday, the Florida cop was discriminated against because of his chosen profession. The lack of service at the fast-food restaurant “shocked” and “disappointed” him as it was a slap in the face. And he couldn’t believe a fast-food worker could show him so much disrespect.
Lt. Tim Lancaster was urged to share his story on social media and expose the McDonald’s for their anti-cop beliefs.
The officer of the Palm Bay Police Department decided that was a good idea. He wrote a post on Facebook that he published on February 9. It quickly went viral because the McDonald’s worker refused to serve him lunch because he was a uniformed police officer. Although he had paid for his food, the attendant at the second window declined to serve him because he was a cop.
“Completely shocked and disappointed,” Lt. Lancaster wrote. “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 Badcock Street.”
You can imagine the pain this interaction caused the dedicated officer. He was hurt enough to share his feeling on social media and expose the McDonald’s that did not show him adequate respect.
“I ordered my lunch, paid at the first window and moved up to the second window to pick up my 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.”
Lt. Lancaster was flabbergasted. He never expected this to happen to him, although it has been reported more than ever before in the news.
“I asked the other clerk what was wrong. She said that the other clerk refuses to serve cops. I was embarrassed and upset. After a while, I called the store and spoke to Omar, he identified himself as the general manager and said he would address it. I will never eat at McDonald’s again. Never been treated like that before.”
Lancaster has served the Palm Bay community for 23-years.
Because the McDonald’s employee saw that he was a police officer, they decided he was not worth of their service.
Now Lancaster is boycotting McDonald’s and wants you and others to do the same. The post has been shared thousands of times, and people are joining his crusade against the fast food restaurant.
“I never thought I’d be at a point in my career when I’d see something like this,” the officer told Florida Today.
But he still had faith that McDonald’s would handle the situation “appropriately.”
He did not go into more detail about what that meant to him.
A McDonald’s spokesperson claimed the company had “respect for all first responders.” Then they described how this behavior is “not tolerated in our restaurant.” But did not mention if there would be consequences.