Sunoco is scrambling to stave off a possible boycott of its gas stations after a clerk reportedly refused service to a Miramar, Florida police officer.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the officer tried to buy a Gatorade at the gas station's store, but the clerk behind the counter refused to sell him one, saying, "Ya'll got my boy in the back of the car outside the gas station."
He was referring a 22-year-old who had just been arrested on multiple charges.
When the officer asked why he was being denied service, he said the clerk replied, "Because I don't have to, that's why."
After the story broke, eliciting a backlash of criticism and calls for a boycott on Sunoco, the company profusely apologized and fired the clerk.
"The actions described by the police officer are unacceptable and are not something that Sunoco would tolerate by any station bearing the Sunoco brand. We apologize to the officer involved, and to all law enforcement officers who were understandably offended by this incident," a statement by Sunoco read.
Meanwhile in Kansas City, Kansas yesterday, a police officer was shot and killed while responding to a call, according to CBS affiliate KWCH 12. Captain Dave Melton stopped a group of drive-by shooting suspects and was hit multiple times by gunfire.
Asked if the shooting of the cop was a pre-meditated ambush, Kansas City Police Chief Terry Ziegler said "This crime does not fit the national narrative of planned attacks against law enforcement officers, but it does fit the narrative when it comes to the fact that words matter. The hate and anti-police speech have to stop because the consequences are real."
On Monday in Columbus, Ohio, a police officer was hospitalized after biting down on glass shards inside a sandwich he was served at a restaurant. The restaurant was closed down while investigators sought to determine if the incident was an accident or an attack.
According to ABC 6, police have not completed their investigation but have not found evidence yet that it was intentional.
Columbus Public Health officials interviewed the employee who served the sandwich but discovered no ill intent. They found a few shards of glass around the kitchen and said finding glass in food is very, very rare.