An employee from The Great American Cookies company bought a brownie for a police officer, and was then nearly physically assaulted and verbally insulted by a family of customers for his good deed.As if that wasn’t bad enough, he was then suspended from his job by management.
All of this coming hot on the heels of the one-year anniversary of the heinous ambushing of five Dallas police officers.According to TheBlaze, The scuffle started at Katy Mills Mall in Katy, Texas, when the young man purchased an order for an officer which upset the next family in line.
After the officer thanked the young man and left, a man and woman became angered when he refused to pay for their order, too.
The couple, older in age and carrying a child, called him a “racist” before threatening to come behind the counter to beat him up. The story was first told by his mother, Tami Kurtz Randolph, in a viral Facebook post:“The next family walked up and said ‘are you going to buy mine too?’ My son replied with “I’m sorry I bought his because he is wearing a badge”…… then this customer started verbally attacking him, calling my son a racist, & threatened to beat him up. His wife threatened to go back there and slap him.. The middle aged man sat down his little daughter and tried to come behind the counter to attack him. Thankfully his coworker defused the situation. The man then said ‘I will get you fired’.”
One manager wanted the young man fired, while another opposed that course of action stating he was a great employee, but he was still suspended.
After the post received a lot of media attention, the corporate offices of The Great American Cookies company reversed the suspension and released the following statement:“On behalf of Great American Cookies Katy Mills, we owe the employee an apology. It was never an issue that he purchased a brownie for a police officer, but rather the events that unfolded with another customer in line at the time. However, after further review, we realize that the employee was in fact in the right and we continue to reach out to him and his mom to issue an apology. The corrective action and suspension was reversed immediately and we hope to connect with him today.”
We live in a truly backwards world where it is perfectly acceptable to celebrate the death of law enforcement officers and call for violence against them and their families, but it’s the highest of offenses to do something nice like buy one a brownie.
It’s scary how much our values as a country have seemingly flipped around in the just the course of a few short years.Police officers put their lives on the line each and every day to serve and protect our communities. Respect should always be shown to those who desire to do such a heroic act of service.
Let’s hope this incident doesn’t sour this employee from showing his appreciation for those in uniform.
[This article was written by Steve Parker]