MIAMI (FOX 13) - Fast food chain Arby's says it's offering free combo meals to local police officers at any of their restaurants in Miami-Dade and Broward counties on Friday. This move comes after a Pembroke Pines Police officer was refused service by one of the workers in the drive through earlier this week.
"I am offended and appalled that an individual within our community would treat a police officer in such a manner. It is unacceptable," stated Police Chief Dan Giustino earlier this week.
Arby's CEO Paul Brown and Senior Vice President of Operations Scott Boatwright, called Police Chief Dan Giustino and apologized, calling it an isolated incident.
Law enforcement wives picketed the store on Wednesday after the incident, and when Arby's workers called police, responding officers brought all of the picketers Slurpees.
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Competitors of the chain have also come out in support of the officers.
WSVN reported McDonald's partnered with Magic 102.7 FM to deliver pancakes and McMuffins to the department Thursday morning. Whole Foods also put out a spread for law enforcers, and local residents brought boxes of Dunkin' Donuts and coffee.
"We appreciate the outpouring of support that we've received from the community throughout this whole ordeal, and we're just very, very appreciative and humbled by it," said a Pembroke Pines police officer.