Austin, Texas - After a Southside Flying Pizza employee disrespected a police officer, the company responded appropriately. Unfortunately, the company is under attack, and they could use your help.
It all started when an Austin Police Officer posted to Facebook, “Was hoping to get a quick slice for the road. Instead, got a bad vibe from the cashier. What sealed the deal for me was seeing her taking a picture of the patrol car while flipping it off. Good times. The receipt is proof after the fact that it was money well spent to learn about this place. We did NOT eat the food.”
In what is possibly the best, most concise response from a company, “We are appalled and have fired the employee.” Those eight words said much more than pages of press releases from PR folk from other companies with problem employees.
Southside Flying Pizza didn’t stop there though. They went on to announce that they have donated $200 to the police officer’s memorial foundation.
A company can't control every employee's actions at any given moment in time and this incident appeared to be nothing more than a rogue employee. Southside Flying Pizza probably reacted better than you or I would likely have responded in the same circumstances. The company immediately fired the employee and donated $200 to a law enforcement charity. Unfortunately, the restaurant has continued to receive backlash online.
The company has since pledged an additional $800 the the memorial charity, but we can't help but wonder if they are being pressured into an additional donation by unforgiving internet trolls.
On Monday, a group of uniformed officers plan to sit down for lunch at Southside Flying Pizza in support.
According to CBS Austin, Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday said, “We just want to show people that we’re willing to move on, because the business did the right thing and let the person go,” Casaday said.
Since the picture of the receipt hit social media, the restaurant's reviews have taken a beating on Facebook, and as of this writing it stands at 2.2 stars, mostly from recent negative reviews in response to the receipt. We'd like to ask all of our supporters to take a moment of your time to give this restaurant a 5 star review to show your appreciation for the way they handled this incident. Once you are done, please be sure to share this article and leave a comment on our Facebook page letting us know that you left a review.