The owner of a restaurant located in New Jersey got pushed into a tight corner by one of the employees when it was revealed that he wrote a contemptuous note on the receipt of a police officer. After the note received a lot of disapproval on social media, the owner was forced to publicly announce that he had fired the employee and used the opportunity to redeem the image of his business. He affirmed that his establishment have absolute respect for the law and authorities, and it is not in their practice to disrespect the law enforcement.
A police officer recently got to dine at a Café in the Galloway Township located in New Jersey and got a big surprise with the nasty note he saw written on his receipt.
The officer found the offensive note written on his receipt from the restaurant, in which the writer used words like ‘pigs,’ and ‘puercos’ to describe the law enforcement. The police officer took a picture of the receipt and shared it on his social media page, starting a viral Facebook condemnation for the restaurant.
Drew Huggard, who is the owner of Romanelli’s replied on his business’s Facebook page to the criticisms that he had taken action and already reprimanded the employee responsible for the condemnable act. He said,
“Good afternoon, I am using this medium to reach out to everyone here and apologize about a post earlier about a receipt from our restaurant that was issued to a police officer. This is totally disgusting and disrespectful. We have taken action and reprimanded the employees culpable. We welcome and support the police department and all other law enforcement. As the owner of this business, I grew up here and have always relied on the local police department to protect my family and me safe. It would be much appreciated if the public could understand our frustration with this situation. We want to let everybody know this type of behavior does not represent my business and cannot be condoned. Any question you might have will be answered.”
The comment made by the owner did little to pacify the social media users that felt reprimanding the employee alone was not enough. One suggested that the employee is fired, mainly because him/her do not respect their employer and the job they had.
Huggard replied by further explaining that the employee involved was, in fact, fired for their actions.
Some of the people that commented on the page showed support for Huggard and his predicament. One of them, Jerri Fischer-Camp wrote,
“Anyone that eats at Romanelli’s knows that Huggard takes a lot of pride in his work and he pays extra attention to the happiness of his customers. He should not be held responsible for what a single employee did. He has taken charge of the situation and handled it quickly. I know he is going to do all he can to ensure he resolves the situation. No one should stay away from Romanelli’s because of the actions of an already fired employee. The owner deserves a chance to make it right; he is such a great person and their meals are amazing too.”
This occurrence again raises questions about appropriate disciplinary measures for such offenses, responsibility and public opinion we will still see more of in the nation, which continues to become ever more divided along political lines, and at the same time more connected through the social media.
Above all else, we are Americans first, we have a responsibility to one another to show compassion and understand that people fall into different circumstances, we should all learn to reserve judgment till all facts say nothing different.
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