Five Guys Employee Berates Cops, Owner Makes His Position Known

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While waiting to place an order at a Five Guys restaurant, police officers were soon berated by an employee hurling anti-law enforcement slurs at them. However, once the restaurant owner found out about the incident, it was clear whose side they were on.

Five Guys Employee Berates Cops, Shouts Piggies Owner Makes His Position Known
A group of New Jersey police officers encountered a humiliating situation at a local Five Guys Burger and Fries restaurant. (Photo Credit: Screenshot)

After entering a Five Guys Burgers and Fries in New Jersey, several Howell Police officers encountered a humiliating situation. The Route 9 South location came under fire after five uniformed officers say they were discriminated against and berated for being part of law enforcement.

According to New Jersey 101.5, the group of police officers walked into the restaurant for a quick meal to be greeted loudly with anti-law enforcement slurs. Chief of Police Andrew Kudrick confirmed that a 17-year-old employee behind the counter began yelling “piggies” and “get out the pork” when the employee saw the officers come through the door.

“Just walked into Five Guys along with several members of Howell Police Department for dinner,” a witness explained in a Facebook post. “Upon seeing the officers in uniform enter the restaurant, one of the employees behind the counter shouted ‘piggies’ and ‘get out the pork.’”

Five Guys Employee Berates Cops, Shouts Piggies Owner Makes His Position Known
Witnesses confirmed that a 17-year-old employee shouted “piggies” and “get out the pork” at the uniformed police officers. (Photo Credit: Screenshot)

According to witnesses, the teen continued to make disparaging comments while other employees behind the counter laughed. After being humiliated, the group of officers then left the establishment without placing their orders.

“Any establishment that doesn’t support the Howell Road Dogs can close up and relocate,” the witness railed in the post. “The disgraced employee is fortunate to be protected by such an elite police department.”

Hours later, restaurant owner Steve Gilmartin heard about the incident and promptly took action. Instead of launching an internal investigation or defending the employee, the owner immediately apologized to the officers. The employee in question was swiftly fired, Blue Lives Matter reports. He explained that he was “shocked and embarrassed” by his staff’s actions and would be meeting with Chief Kudrick the next morning.

“An employee insulted members of the Howell Township Police Department when they came in to dine this evening,” Gilmartin said. “The employee in question was terminated immediately as Five Guys has a zero tolerance policy for such situations.”

Five Guys Employee Berates Cops, Shouts Piggies Owner Makes His Position Known
The employee was fired and Police Chief Andrew Kudrick (left) met with District Manager Courtney Pechillo (right) to remedy the situation. (Photo Credit: Facebook)

District Manager Courtney Pechillo told Asbury Park Press that the employee had been there for around a year but was fired within minutes of the incident. She explained that the restaurant will never accept such behavior from its employees.

“I waited on the phone until he left,” Pechillo said of the call she got from the location’s manager. “I spoke to (Howell Police Chief Andrew Kudrick) on the phone and told him we don’t want that in our business and won’t tolerate it.”

Gilmartin admitted that the 17-year-old employee had been an exceptional worker until the rude outburst. Although Pechillo believes that the comments were due to a lapse in judgment, his choice of words was completely unacceptable.

“He thought he was being funny,” Pechillo said of the 17-year-old. “It wasn’t funny.”

Restaurant owner Steve Gilmartin confirmed that his eatery won’t tolerate such disrespect toward police officers. (Photo Credit: Screenshot)

Chief Kudrick thanked the establishment for its quick action and accepted the apology. He met with Gilmartin and had lunch with Pechillo to remedy the incident, agreeing that “the action of one is not a reflection of all.”

“To show my support in return, I had lunch with Courtney, the area manager,” Kudrick wrote. “I also spoke to Cesar, the manager who was reported to have laughed. His reaction was a result of him being uncomfortable and somewhat taken back by the employee’s conduct. He was the one who immediately notified Courtney who then terminated the employee. It was a great conversation between all of us. By the way, the burger was delicious!”

Kurdrick concluded with a call to the community to support the restaurant. He added that the location showed how to properly handle such a situation, as anti-law enforcement sentiment and discrimination are on the rise.

The Five Guys location organized a community event in which 100 percent of proceeds from purchases were donated to local law enforcement. (Photo Credit: Pixabay)

In an effort to restore relations, the restaurant announced a community event to benefit the Howell Policemen’s Benevolent Association. For every purchase, the establishment agreed to donate 100 percent of proceeds to the organization.

It appears as though the situation was handled and all is well with both the restaurant and the police department. Hopefully, the incident will serve as a valuable lesson to other employees.