- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Employees at an Alexandria, Virginia, Noodles & Co. denied service to a female police officer in uniform on Monday, prompting an investigation from the company.

After seeing the cop waiting in line, a female cook at the restaurant told the cashier, “You better pull me off the line, because I’m not cooking for,” before making a gesture in the direction of the officer, Fox 5 DC reported.

The cook and the cashier proceeded to laugh at the officer, who didn’t want to make a scene and left the restaurant.

Police Chief Earl Cook went to the store on Tuesday to speak with the store’s managers, who reportedly apologized and said they would conduct an internal investigation.

“Well, your first response as a police officer is anger,” Chief Cook told FOX 5. “These are very difficult times right now with our relations with everyone and to have one of my officers treated in that manner unnecessarily, your first response is anger, then you calm down a bit.”

Noodles & Co. said in a statement to Fox 5 that it is “committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect” and does not tolerate “any form of discrimination.”

“We are working with the appropriate authorities and local police association representatives to get to the bottom of, and resolve this matter as quickly as possible,” the company said. “We have made efforts to reach out to the police officer involved, but have not yet spoken with her.”

The incident comes amid heightened tension between police forces and the communities they serve across the nation.

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