A gas station Gatorade run for a South Florida cop ended with one man fired and a police benevolent association’s call for a boycott.
The Miramar police officer walked in to a Sunoco, 1700 S. Douglas Rd., Sunday afternoon to buy a drink. In an incident report the officer filed , he said a man with dreads approached him and asked why the officer arrested his “boy.”
“Y’all got my boy in the back of that car outside the gas station,” the man told the officer, according to the report.
The uniformed officer wouldn’t answer questions about the arrested man and walked away. When he made his way to the counter to buy his drink and found the same man behind the cash register with the window closed.
The Miramar cop knocked on the window, trying to get the cashier’s attention.
“Hey, can you ring me up?” the officer asked. “I need to pay for my Gatorade.”
“No,” the man answered. He wouldn’t ring the cop up and “you know why,” he said. The officer asked again, and the cashier refused.
Instead, he asked the officer to “get out of my way. I need to attend to customers.” The line behind the cop had grown, so he let them go first. After the four customers had paid he asked one more time to buy his drink.
One more time the cashier told him no. When asked why he wouldn’t serve a police officer, the cashier told him, “Because I don’t have to, that’s why.”
The next day, the Broward Police Benevolent Association released a statement asking Sunoco to fire the cashier and for “anyone in law enforcement, or anyone who supports law enforcement” to boycott Sunoco.
“On a day when three officers are slain in Baton Rouge, La., and a fourth is fighting for his life, how can anyone deny service to a uniformed police officer?” Broward County PBA President Jeff Marano said in the statement.
The gas station company released a statement to WSVN apologizing to the officer for the employee’s behavior at the independently owned and operated store.
“The actions described by the police officer are unacceptable and are not something that Sunoco would tolerate at any station bearing the Sunoco brand. After investigating the circumstances in conjunction with the local owner-operator, the employee was terminated. We apologize to the officer involved, and to all law enforcement officers who were understandably offended by this incident.
The nation’s police officers are a precious resource, and Sunoco welcomes them in our stores as customers and protectors of our community every day.”
The PBA told the TV station they were happy the cashier was fired but asked Sunoco to prove it.