Two North Carolina restaurant employees were fired after a cashier refused to take the order of a police officer last week.

Roxboro Police Chief David Hess said Kenneth Horton, an army vet and veteran police officer, walked into a Cook Out in Roxboro, North Carolina, and tried to order, but the cashier refused to take his order.

“We’re saddened that an employee denied service to a police officer,” he told WTVD. “We promote unity. Unfortunately, it’s all because of a small action that could have been avoided.”

After the word about what happened spread through Roxboro and on social media, the cashier and the restaurant manager were fired, according to WTVD.

Chief Hess said the police department did not ask for Cook Out corporate to fire anyone. The fast-food chain made that decision on it own.

According to the manager on duty, she was fired for not being more attentive to the officer once her colleague refused him service.

“ [The district manager] told me that I should have went outside and got the officer’s attention and offer to take his order,” the manager said.

But she claims she didn’t feel safe in doing so, as she “didn’t know the specifics of what happened.” She was in the back of the restaurant when the cashier asked another worker to take Horton’s order.

“I just wish they would have asked me to come up front to take their order,” the manager said.

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