Trump Supporters Denied Service at Cook Out Restaurant

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Updated: June 15, 2016
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Cookout is a great restaurant chain. If you ever find yourself in NC, do yourself a favor and grab a cookout tray and a milkshake.

I’ve been going there for years and have only had one minor issue (they put the wrong items in the wrong trays) so it was a shock to me to see that the business made national headlines for something like this.

That’s right, they are in hot water after some employees chose not to serve supporters of Donald Trump:

A legendary North Carolina chain is in hot water after refusing to serve Donald Trump supporters.

Shannon Riggs and her cousins were turned away from a Cook Out in Colonial Heights, Virginia, on Friday night, when they showed up in Donald Trump shirts and hats, reports WTVR.

Apparently, when Riggs attempted to order from the window, decked out in Trump apparel, an employee yelled “Hell no! I’m not serving them.”

The family’s orders were eventually taken, but they say that they never recieved their food. Eventually, Riggs said she canceled her order and the family had their money refunded – but were not satisfied with the situation.

“Once you witness [discrimination] first hand, it’s a totally different experience,” Lauren Wolfrey, one member of the Trump-supporting family, told WTVR. “I was in a state of shock.”

Other Donald Trump supporters are similarly displeased with the chain, with some individuals on social media calling for a boycott of the brand.

“I could overlook your mediocre food but not your discriminatory practices,” reads one such comment on Cook Out’s Facebook page. “Your employees are obviously ignorant when they engage in such behavior and face little to no consequences from corporate. Keep your lousy food; your piss poor corporate practices and your political activism.”

Cook Out, a chain best known for its traditional fast-food fare and milkshakes, did not immediate respond to Business Insider’s request for comment, but, in a statement to WTVR, the company said it is a “politically neutral company.”

“We welcome all customers regardless of political affiliation,” the company said in a statement. “Regarding the refusal of service at our Colonial Heights location, the situation has been resolved and was resolved that night per Cook Out policy.”

First Amendment. You don’t have to like it but everyone is allowed an opinion.

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