- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A McDonald’s restaurant employee in Normal, Illinois, was fired this week after cursing at a Illinois State Police officer, the franchise owner said Tuesday.

The incident gained attention on Facebook Monday after a woman named Tammy Weiland wrote that her sister Tracy, a uniformed Illinois state trooper driving a squad car, ordered lunch that day in the drive-thru at the North Main Street McDonald’s in Normal, the Decatur-based Herald & Review reported.

“When she went to pay, the girl said to her, “I just have to say this to u. [Expletive] the police!” the post read. “Tracy is much nicer than I am, I would have had plenty of words back, but she just drove to the next window to pick up the food. At this window, the guy was laughing and said wow that’s a female trooper she said that to. All the workers inside were laughing. Tracy threw the food away and called corporate. My response is this. [Expletive] McDonald’s! You will never get my business again.”

Jack Millan, co-owner of the franchise, said he became aware of the incident Monday afternoon and he and his son-in-law, co-owner Mikel Petro, promptly fired the employee.

“We were absolutely appalled,” Mr. Millan told the Herald & Review. “Our discussion wasn’t about what to do, but rather about verifying who, and terminating that person immediately.”

Mr. Millan said Mr. Petro called and apologized personally to the officer and state police.

“This is not who we are and goes against everything we stand for,” he said.

“While we have only been in Bloomington-Normal for just over a year, we have owned McDonald’s for years,” Mr. Millan said. “We have always enjoyed working with, and supporting our law enforcement partners, as well as all first responders and have done that from day one. This one employee doesn’t represent us or the vast majority of our staff.

“Unfortunately, we cannot control what goes on in their minds, but we can absolutely react to their behaviors and did so as quickly as we could in this case,” he added. “She was notified of her termination late [Monday] afternoon. We hold ongoing training related to all aspects of the business, including creating a respectful workplace that would discourage that kind of behavior, again. I’m terribly upset that it didn’t work in this case.”

Ms. Weiland updated her original Facebook post to thank supporters of law enforcement.

“I’m happy to say McDonald’s has fired the person who said this to Tracy,” she wrote. “I do not know if the others involved have been punished. The public support has been overwhelming and it’s truly amazing to see so much support for law enforcement. I hope this reminds everyone of the abuse (and yes this was abuse) that officers go through on a daily basis. Thank you all.”

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