A spokesman for Burger King says the restaurant chain is now investigating a customer’s claims that a Burger King cashier said that a local police officer “got what he deserved” when he was killed on duty earlier this month.
According to WYFF News in Greenville, South Carolina, a customer was shocked when a cashier disparaged the dead officer during a casual conversation about the man’s death.
The discussion was about the death of Greenville police officer Allen Jacobs, a U.S. Army veteran and five-year veteran of the force, who was shot by a teenaged gang member on March 18.
The customer, who posted about her experience on Facebook, insisted the cashier savaged the officer saying, “The cop got what he deserved, messing with these kids for no reason.”
The Facebook post was shared over 16,000 times prompting Burger Kind corporate officials to address the situation.
“We extend our condolences to the family of Officer Jacobs and the Greenville community,” a Burger King spokesman said. “We are concerned about this incident and take these matters very seriously. The Franchise Owner, who independently owns and operates this restaurant, is launching an investigation in accordance with their personnel procedures.”
The owner of the actual location, restaurateur Larry Stokes, told the media that he won’t comment on the alleged incident until the investigation is complete.
The 17-year-old arrested for the shooting, Deontea Perry, has a long list of convictions for violent drug crimes.
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