SHELBY, NC (WJZY) - A popular fast food franchise is responding to allegations that some of its workers served food to deputies after it was tampered with, and that officers were called names.
The franchise owner would not say whether any workers have been fired over the incident. He also said it's unclear if there was a deliberate attempt to mess with the deputies' food.
Neil Glezen, Zaxby's franchise owner, responded to the allegations made on social media on Tuesday.
The Facebook posts claimed two Cleveland County deputies in uniform went to the Zaxby's on East Dixon Bloulevard in Shelby, and the employees cooking food started "yelling at them and calling them names."
The social media post also claims food served to a deputy was extra spicy, to the point where it wasn't fit to eat.
"My first reaction is we've got to tackle the issue immediately, which is what we've done, we started the investigation as soon as the issues were reported to us, and for the last day and a half that's all we've been focused on," Glezen said.
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office said they received an apology from Zaxby's and they are not going to judge an entire franchise based on a couple employees.
Some Zaxby's customers feel the same.
"If you want to put it in a context of what's going on in the country right now, not all employees are bad, not all officers are bad, and if that was the case, the restaurant would be empty right now."
"We just figure this is one of our favorite places to eat, so we're not going to let the possible actions of two people in that restaurant dictate whether or not we still eat at one of our favorite restaurants."
Glezen said he's not sure if business has suffered as a result of the allegations.
"We're going to do whatever we have to do to earn back the trust of this community," he said.