A uniformed officer with the Alexandria Police Department was denied service at a Duke Street eatery Monday.
At approximately 6:30 p.m., the officer entered the Noodles & Company at 3105 Duke St., but was refused service while she waited in line. The restaurant is a fast-casual eatery that serves a variety of noodle and pasta dishes from around the world.
According to multiple reports, a female cook at the restaurant came out from the back and told the cashier that she refused to cook for the officer.
The officer, who wishes to remain anonymous, then left. Police spokeswoman Crystal Nosal said the department wishes to put the incident behind it and move on.
“These are very difficult times right now in our relations with everyone, and to have one of my officers treated in that manner unnecessarily, your first response is anger,” Police Chief Earl Cook told NBC4. “Then you calm down a bit and say let’s just find out what happened.”
Police officials said they do not wish to see any acts of revenge on the restaurant, either stealing food or boycotting it completely. The department’s Twitter account began lightheartedly referring to the incident as “Noodlegate” Wednesday.
“There should never be any discrimination in America,” Mayor Allison Silberberg said in a statement.“It is outrageous and will not be tolerated in Alexandria. This was blatant discrimination, and it was against one of our finest. We cherish our Alexandria Police Department and all those who serve in law enforcement. We thank them for their service and courage.”
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