- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A police department outside Washington says an officer was denied service at a local Noodles & Company restaurant.

Alexandria, Virginia, police spokeswoman Crystal Nosal tells local news outlets that a female officer in uniform went Monday evening to the restaurant and stood in line. She says a female cook came out from the back and told the cashier, “You better pull me off the line, because I’m not cooking for,” then gestured at the officer.

Nosal says the cashier laughed and the officer left.

Police Chief Earl Cook went Tuesday to Noodles & Company to speak with management. Cook says managers apologized for the incident and said they would conduct an internal investigation.

Noodles & Company said in a statement that the restaurant is working to “resolve this matter as quickly as possible.”

The incident comes amid heightened tension over police shootings of blacks.

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