Five Guys Employee Immediately Fired After Calling Cops 'Piggies'

Holly Matkin

“He thought he was being funny,” Five Guys District Manager Courtney Pechillo said of the worker. “It wasn’t funny.”

Howell, NJ – A Five Guys Burgers and Fries employee has been fired for yelling offensive comments to Howell police when they came to place an order on Friday evening.

The incident occurred at the Five Guys restaurant on Route 9 South, according to the Howell Happenings NJ Facebook page.

“Just walked into Five Guys along with several members of Howell Police Department for dinner,” a witness explained in a Facebook post. “Upon seeing the officers in uniform enter the restaurant, one of the employees behind the counter shouted ‘piggies’ and ‘get out the pork.’”

Other employees behind the counter began to laugh, at which point the witness and the officers immediately left the business, according to Howell Happenings.

“Any establishment that doesn’t support the Howell Road Dogs can close up and relocate,” the witness railed in the post. “The disgraced employee is fortunate to be protected by such an elite police department.”

The witness also noted that the community will not stand quietly by while its officers are disrespected.

“Another example of the moral decay of our culture,” the post read. “HTPD certainly deserves better than this.”

Howell Police Chief Andrew Kudrick confirmed that the witness’s statement about what occurred was true, according to Howell Happenings.

Within hours, restaurant owner Steve Gilmartin issued a statement denouncing the employee’s actions and apologizing for what occurred.

“An employee insulted members of the Howell Township Police Department when they came in to dine this evening,” Gilmartin said, according to Howell Happenings. “The employee in question was terminated immediately as Five Guys has a zero tolerance policy for such situations.”

The employee, identified only as a 17-year-old male who worked for the business for about a year, was fired within two minutes of his offensive outburst, District Manager Courtney Pechillo told the Asbury Press.

“He thought he was being funny,” Pechillo said of the teen. “It wasn’t funny.”

"We never had any issues with him. He was a good worker," Gilmartin noted. "To say we were surprised is the understatement of a lifetime. He was one of those kids you would never expect anything like this from."

Employees will also undergo additional training to help prevent similar situations from happening again.

Gilmartin said that the Five Guys chain is a staunch supporter of law enforcement, and that his restaurant has hosted functions in support of local and state law enforcement agencies in the past.

“I would like to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to both the Howell PD as well as the people of Howell for this occurrence,” Gilmartin wrote. “To say I was shocked and embarrassed by this would be a gross understatement.”

In addition to meeting with Gilmartin, Chief Kudrick also received an apology from Pechillo, the Asbury Press reported.

"I spoke to [Chief Kudrick] on the phone and told him we don't want that in our business and won't tolerate it,” Pechillo said.

On Saturday morning, Five Guys announced that it will donate 100% of the sales it makes between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday to the Howell Police Benevolent Association, according to Howell Happenings.

“Let’s help Five Guys in Howell right this wrong,” the group’s post read. “Thank you to owner Steve Gilmartin for extending your hand to get this matter resolved and show your true support to Howell PD and the community who loves them so much.”

Comments (69)
No. 1-16
ArkyArgyle
ArkyArgyle

Too bad he didn't fire those who laughed along with the jerk.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Another example of the message Obama sent when he was making us all suffer through his reign of terror.

Janken
Janken

Good ole Obama. The rift he has caused then you take the parents of these kids who have instilled these Obama traits into these kids. Cops are great. What they put up with is something a normal person couldnt handle. They would have that person nocked out before he said a other word. Those other employees should be fired for laughing. I think cops should take these kids for a week on their time and let these ,kids see how really ugly it is

flybynight
flybynight

BOOM, YOU'RE OUT OF HERE LOSER'S!!!!

Hi_estCommieDenom
Hi_estCommieDenom

This is exactly how businesses should react when workers disrespect law enforcement. Thanks to Obama, some people think it’s okay... and it’s not. Back the Blue!

flybynight
flybynight

#bipolartroll

Manticore
Manticore

Five Guys did the right thing here. I love their food and go there often, but if they didn't show support for LE I would have written them off. Bravo to them for stepping up!

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Police baiting by "liberal politicians, Black Lies Matter, Hollywood, etc has its consequences in popular culture. The kid is a reflection of that.

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

now that moron will have to look for another $15 an hour job.

GDobson
GDobson

Now he can call a crackhead when he needs help.....

redpill
redpill

TAKE NOTE all of you other fast food and coffee places: THIS is how you do it. FIRED WITHIN TWO MINUTES... No fcuking around. FIRED. DONE. GTFO.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Good, this employee was taught a valuable lesson today: his actions have consequences, regardless of if he or others thinks it's funny at the time.

I hope he turns it into something positive, and learns not to do these type of immature actions in the future, that often escalate into criminal activity.

NotACop
NotACop

Kids will be kids and if that one spends much time online he probably.genuinely thought it funny, hip and harmless. Coming down hard on him is a good idea and may wake him, and others up to the fact that life is real, words have meaning and decisions have consequences.

PhoHukYu
PhoHukYu

Everybody's gotta kiss the piggies asses or they get mad and cry about it.

jay a.
jay a.

I refuse to eat at local five guys after seeing and listening to the low IQ employees, filthy tables and one employee sleeping in the dining room area!


News

FEATURED
COMMUNITY