Female Trooper Verbally Attacked By McDonald's Employee At Drive-Thru

An Illinois state trooper was verbally attacked at a McDonald's drive-thru on Tuesday.

​Normal, IL – A McDonald’s employee who vulgarly berated an on-duty Illinois State Police (ISP) trooper in the restaurant’s drive-thru was fired within hours of the verbal attack, the franchise owner said on Tuesday.

“We support men and women in blue, first responders, and our troops,” Mikel Petro told Blue Lives Matter. “As soon as we found out about it, we reacted.”

According to a Facebook post made by the unnamed ISP trooper’s sister, the incident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. on Monday, when the trooper ordered her lunch at the McDonald’s drive-thru.

When the uniformed trooper pulled up in her marked patrol car to pay for her meal, she received an unexpected greeting from the female employee at the window.

“The girl said to her, ‘I just have to say this to [you]. F**k the police!’” the trooper’s sister wrote.

Instead of responding, the trooper pulled forward to the next window. But when that window opened, a male employee was laughing at her.

“Wow, that’s a female trooper she said that to,” the employee said, while other workers laughed, according to the post.

Given the situation, the trooper opted to throw her meal away, and later contacted the business’s corporate office, the post said.

Petro told Blue Lives Matter that he was notified of the incident through a representative of the trooper, and that he immediately “took her statement” and began investigating what had occurred.

“I have no reason to distrust an officer,” he said. “We have friends and family who are first responders, and I would hope any of our customers would feel comfortable enough to bring something like this to our attention.”

Petro said that he relied on the trooper’s statement and security camera footage from inside the restaurant to identify the employee, and that the trooper confirmed that they had located the correct individual.

“She was terminated within hours,” Petro said of the employee. “[She] not only violated our own personal beliefs and code of conduct, but also violated the stores harassment code.”

Co-owner Jack Millan agreed with Petro’s decision to terminate the woman.

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

Petro told Blue Lives Matter that the restaurant has apologized to the trooper and the ISP through the trooper’s representatives, and that he provided them with his personal contact information in case the trooper wanted to speak with him directly.

“We take pride in our business and our community,” he said. “And we appreciate our customers.”

Blue Lives Matter reached out to the ISP trooper, but had not received a response at publication time.

Comments (22)
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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

I certainly would have done the same thing the trooper did in throwing away her meal - I wouldn't want to take a chance that there might be an unwanted ingredient in the meal!

TJJMC
TJJMC

This is not an isolated incident. There have been numerous other disrespectful acts towards law enforcement & even EMS personnel at these fast food joints. I believe these owners/managers need to sit their people down and give them a choice, if you can’t show respect for first responders, you are not welcome here.

Betts1221
Betts1221

The others employees who were laughing when the police car pulled up to the second window, should have been fired as well. This crap is happening all too often to our police officers. The businesses that hire these loud mouth illiterate workers need to educate them on how to treat customers.

Thecos
Thecos

The employees who were laughing and witnessed the abuse of a customer without saying anything to management or did not apologize for the behavior exhibited by a co-worker need also need to be fired. This needs to happen at every establishment that experiences this nonsense.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

No racial description of these low lifes is given for obvious reasons.