Smashburger has apologized and placed several Aurora, Colo., staffers on leave after employees blared N.W.A.’s song “F— tha Police” on repeat while officers ate at the restaurant.
Brotherhood for the Fallen Aurora wrote about the unpleasant incident, which occurred on Friday, asking its followers to “remember this when making your choice of where you dine” and recommending other restaurants that have supported law enforcement.
The post quickly drew attention, with more than 100 comments and 300 shares. Local media also picked up the story, and early this week, the burger chain rushed to do damage control.
“First and foremost, we respect, honor and appreciate every police department in the country,” a spokesman for Smashburger said in a statement. “The regrettable events of last night in no way reflect the values or principles that are core to the Smashburger brand. They occurred by way of the inappropriate actions by a few employees. They, and the manager in charge, have been placed on leave pending a thorough investigation. “
Brotherhood for the Fallen declined to comment, instead referring Heat Street to an online statement.
The group accepted Smashburger’s apology, saying that “we can all agree this act was likely a rogue employee whose actions unfortunately reflect poorly on the entire business, which is undeserving to any profession.” Brotherhood for the Fallen urged its followers to give Smashburger a second chance.