A Seattle chocolate shop employee was fired for refusing to serve a police officer last week, the store’s owner said in an about-face after initially backing the worker’s “freedom of speech.”
The cop was with a trainee when he dropped by a Chocolati Cafes shop in the Wallingford neighborhood, according to the head of the police union.
“They were met with a bit of hostility,” Mike Solan, president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, told Fox News.
Chocolati owner Christian Wong on Wednesday addressed the issue on the company’s Facebook page, saying, “Although we do respect this team member’s freedom of speech, the actions in this instance do not represent our views as a company.
“We are actively working directly with this team member and the local precinct to create a more inviting, inclusive and cohesive community for all.”
The post sparked backlash, going viral with more than 5,000 comments.
Two days later, Wong announced that the employee in