Chocolaterie in Seattle fires a staff member for refusing to serve two police officers
- Chocolati cafe owner Christian Wong said both parties agreed to ‘part ways’
- Initially, he defended the female worker for refusing to serve the police officers
- She said to the officer and intern on Tuesday, “No, I will not serve you” in Seattle
A Seattle chocolate shop employee was fired after she refused to serve two police officers last week.
The employee left after Chocolati cafe owner Christian Wong decided “it was in the best interests of both parties to say goodbye to the team member.”
She had refused to serve the officer, who was accompanied by an intern, in the store on N. 45th Street and had said to the couple, “No, I will not serve you.”
The employee, who was described as a “white woman with green streaks in her hair,” initially ignored the police couple who entered the store around 4:30 PM on Tuesday, before refusing to sell them a box of chocolates.
An employee of the Chocolati cafe in Seattle (pictured) was fired after she refused to serve two police officers last week
The Chocolati employee refused to serve the officer and intern (not in the photo) at the store on N. 45th Street (photo file)
President of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild Mike Solan said the couple was “ received a little hostile.
But based on the amount of pushback the company has received from the public and across the country, people are still really supporting the police, he said. Fox news.
Chocolati initially defended the woman’s right to free speech in a statement posted to Facebook on Wednesday, the day after the incident.
It said: “We are recently aware of an incident that occurred with a team member and a Seattle Police Department officer who was denied duty. While we respect this team member’s freedom of expression, the actions in this case do not reflect our views as a company.
“We are actively working directly with this team member and the local district to create a more welcoming, inclusive and cohesive community for all.”
Chocolati has at least five stores in Seattle, Washington, and sells boxes of chocolates and hot drinks
Chocolati customers can pick and choose chocolates to put in boxes of up to 24 pieces
However, two days later, a new statement from Wong stated that the female employee had ‘broken up’ with the company over the incident.
The statement read, “Our team members cannot decide which customers to serve based on their own personal political beliefs. This is simply not an acceptable practice in our company …
“We also continue to communicate with our employees about our values and how we serve our customers to ensure that an incident like this doesn’t happen again. We will do better, ‘he added.
On Friday, a second statement from Chocolati owner Wong stated that the female employee had ‘broken up’ with the company over the incident
Chocolati faced a backlash after two members of the police force, an officer and a trainee, entered one of the stores and was denied service
Solan said he was willing to meet with the employee and discuss the incident. He said, “I hope this employee can be informed … I praise the company’s ownership for taking it seriously.”
The news was broken by the Seattle news channel, the Post millennial, who said attempts to contact the chain for comment were rejected.
Is this how you want to spend your time? Getting critical employees in trouble? Shouldn’t you spend your time harassing the homeless? ‘, The reporter was told.
The publication also said it had received a report of a similar incident at another Chocolati cafe on E. Green Lake Dr. N. after publishing the article.