Texas pizza store fires employee for insulting police officer

AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — An Austin pizza chain is trying to make things right after a now-fired employee insulted a police officer on a receipt.

Southside Flying Pizza fired the employee for allegedly leaving an insulting message on the receipt with the word “pig” followed by vulgar language at the bottom. It happened at the chain’s location at 2702 E. Cesar Chavez Street.

“The first thing we did was that the employee was let go,” said Southside Flying Pizza District Manager David Hatley. “We’ve also donated a combined $1,000 to the police officer memorial fund.”

Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday said he doesn’t think the incident will have any lasting impact.

“Our officers have eaten there for years. I don’t think that’ll stop,” he said. “You know, the first 24 hours was pretty tough, a lot of officers were very angry. A lot of citizens were very angry. But just like we said, you can’t let one bad egg spoil the bunch.”

The Austin Police Department took it in stride and issued a statement that said, in part, “It is a reflection of one employee’s actions, not that of the owner/s or other employees of the restaurant. When the incident was brought to the restaurant’s attention it was immediately addressed and a donation was made to a nonprofit that supports law enforcement.”

Southside said they’ve been in contact with the Austin Polic e Association, and the organization’s vice president will lead a group of officers who will eat there at noon on Monday.


Article from KXAN.com

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