That night, Tammy Bush Mayo, the wife of a Lee County deputy, posted on Facebook explaining what happened. Two of her husband's co-workers were refused service at Taco Bell because an employee said they "don't serve cops."
After the post started getting shared, many people posted complaints on the Taco Bell Facebook page. One commenter wrote, "I will never ever step inside a Taco Bell after they denied service to deputies. If you don't respect law enforcement you don't deserve my business!!!"
The public also offered their support for the officers on the Sheriff's office Facebook page, with one commenter stating, "After reading about the abuse that your wonderful officers endured at the hands of a Taco Bell employee, I would like to...fire up the BBQ and feed every single one of you."
Meanwhile, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones confirmed that the incident happened and released a statement. "We pride ourselves in giving people basic respect and only ask the same in return," Jones said. "We won't base our opinion of Taco Bell on one employee's negative action any more than the general public should base their opinion of law enforcement on the negative action of one officer."
As for Taco Bell, they took the incident very seriously and quickly called the Sheriff's office. "We were assured that they are taking this matter seriously and are conducting an investigation," Jones said. "They further related that they in no form or fashion endorse any negative actions toward law enforcement."
Taco Bell spokesperson Laura Nedbal echoed this statement, saying that they "in no way endorse this sentiment. We are deeply appreciative of the men and women who have taken an oath to serve and protect our communities."
So now that the employee has been fired, you can go back to eating at Taco Bell while still supporting police officers. It just goes to show that everyone deserves the same right to consume as much delicious Mexican food as they desire.