Restaurant Employee Suspended After Refusing To Serve Uniformed Las Vegas Cops

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The two uniformed officers stopped by The Lodge Cactus during their graveyard shift on Thursday night.

Las Vegas, NV – A restaurant employee who refused to serve two uniformed Las Vegas police officers on Thursday night has been suspended and faces potential termination.

The incident occurred at The Lodge Cactus near Southern Highlands Parkway and Cactus Avenue, KTNV reported.

Details regarding what occurred were shared on the Las Vegas Metro Police Officer Wives Facebook page the following morning.

According to the post, the two Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) officers were working the graveyard shift when they stopped by the restaurant to have a meal.

“As officers entered and approached the bar, the bartender shook his head, ‘No’ and motioned his fingers across his neck as if to say, ‘Stop,’” the post read.

When the officers asked him if they could sit down and place an order, the bartender refused.

“We don’t serve you guys here anymore,” he said, according to the post.

The officers initially thought the employee was “joking,” but he quickly “emphasized that he was serious,” the post read.

They immediately left the restaurant without further incident.

An on-duty manager later confirmed to KSNV that multiple managers were looking into the allegations, and said that the situation would be “rectified” by the end of the day on Friday.

The Las Vegas Police Protective Association (PPA) later released a statement about the incident, noting that it had “sparked outrage” throughout the law enforcement community, KSNV reported.

According to the PPA, the owner of the corporation reached out to the union and explained that the employee’s actions were not indicative of the business’s beliefs about law enforcement officers.

“The bartender in question is on indefinite suspension facing potential termination,” the PPA said. “The Lodge has the highest respect for the men and women of LVMPD and love nothing more than to have them in their establishments, whether on duty or off. They explained that one man’s actions are not indicative of the feelings of The Lodge Corporation and they hope that officers will still come to the establishments.”

The PPA said they had a “great conversation with the corporation owner, and that they believe “the issue has been addressed and handled by ownership,” KSNV reported.

“Corporate would love to see officers and their guests come to the establishments this weekend,” the PPA added.

The LVMPD also released a statement about the incident.

“While we consider this behavior unacceptable, we firmly believe that the refusal was an employee acting solely on his own, and it does not represent the viewpoint of the establishment,” the department told KTNV. “The involved employee has now been suspended from work.”

“According to management at The Lodge, it welcomes law enforcement at its business,” the statement continued. “The LVMPD has worked hard establishing relationships with its’ business partners in the community and the presence of officers is welcomed by business owners.”

It is unclear when the decision regarding the employee's potential termination will be made.

Comments (138)
Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

Somebody do some research and find out who the special snowflake is that refused to serve our men in blue and got suspended and probably fired for his being a dumb ass !!

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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Two local establishments, Distill and Remedy's, are offering free meals to all officers in uniform from midnight to 8 a.m. through Feb. 21 at all of their locations in the Las Vegas valley after earlier reports had officers not being served at a competitor's bar and grill.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Good, now make sure they NEVER work in the food industry again. If they did this once..they WILL do it again only next time WORSE,,,my poison or drug an LEO's Food. They need to be removed from ALL Food Service.

Aramovich
Aramovich

Make the employee ride with the cops for a week. It'll definitely change their world view.

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

I'm sick of hearing BS from employees. Here is an idea When hiring one of these people, the rules are no disrespect to any one uniformed or not If it happens, immediate firing and no unemployement check No, excuses, if they don't like working and a paycheck then go to a safe zone, If they can find one that will support them

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

And serious impact on the business

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Suspension pending termination, with cause, no unemployment, and list their names publicly so if someone looks up why they were fired previously there is no question as to why.

At least the restaurant management took appropriate action.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

snowflakes. run crying to social media because your feelings got hurt. go eat somewhere else and all your problems are solved.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Isn't this discrimination and doesn't that make the restaurant liable? What is different about this and the people that have lost their bakeries for refusing a customer for a cake? Sue the restaurant and the individual. More, I would never go back in there again. No idea what they might do to your food.

LEO0301
LEO0301

This seems like a no brainer for the restaurant management to immediately terminate the employee. But they didn't do that. Why? Are they waiting to see the publics reaction? Even if they fire this guy I would never go there as a Vegas police officer. How would you know if one of his friends decided to taint your food to get even like @Hi_estComnDenomn used to do when he was in the fast food industry?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#needmoreinfo

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Were they trying to get liquor when they came into the restaurant? were they trying to get liquor while they were in uniform and carrying weapons?

Superman1968
Superman1968

Should've fired him on the spot! Especially if its not indictive to their business.

jcan259
jcan259

Instant termination, screw suspension. One day this jerk will need help and I wonder who he'll call????

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

If I was the owner/manager, it would be understood by all employees that if they refused service , confronted or indicated any bias against any customer they would be immediately terminated right on the spot.

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

Let's see his/her picture!!!!!

NFPD103
NFPD103

It's nice to see businesses and management addressing these activist employees and making clear that the personal opinions they may have do not extend to them at work refusing to serve people. As for the employee just how stupid are you,that you think it's ok to pull a stunt like that. You have to be one brain dead liberal.

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Rogerm
Rogerm

It’s a brain dead protoplasma.

flybynight
flybynight

You would think bartenders in the city of Lost Wages are like site trolls..............a dime a dozen.

ScoutLeduxStarr
ScoutLeduxStarr

They only dance I want to this moron do is the chicken after I choked him out and watch them crap them self

LynnSB
LynnSB

Well we should make sure that his face gets plastered all over so that he doesn’t find another job or he’s dealing with people a.k.a. Police evidently it hurts his poor little delicate disposition but I’ll bet you he’s the first one screaming his ass off when he need somebody for help

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Some people are making a mountain out of a molehill by infering that the cops were doing something wrong. Don't you think it would be all over the net if they were?

Schick56
Schick56

Can you say "Chapter 13"

Diwatson
Diwatson

He may be terminated? There should be no question about it. He should have been fired the minute the manager was aware of it. This attitude toward police officers has to stop.


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