Social media comment causes concerns
OKLAHOMA CITY – Have you ever wondered if a restaurant server would intentionally give you bad service?
Some Oklahoma lawmen were recently faced with that question when a waitress posted a comment on her Facebook page that quickly spread around town.
The Facebook picture posted was of Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Deputies who stopped to eat at Chili’s on Rockwell Ave.
The comment posted with it said, “Stupid cops better hope I’m not their server…”
“It could mean bad service,” Piedmont Police Chief Alex Oblein said. “It could mean tampering with food. You don’t know what it means. It just makes you a little weary.”
The comment showed up on Ashley Warden’s Facebook page.
She served at Chili’s and has reportedly had a rocky relationship with the Piedmont Police Department.
“Those are Oklahoma County Deputies, [they] had nothing to do with Piedmont, but I guess she got a bad taste in her mouth for law enforcement in general,” Chief Oblein said.
A bad taste lawmen don’t want to acquire.
So we called the Chili’s on Rockwell Ave, and the manager said Warden no longer works there.
A spokesperson sent us this statement:
“Here at Chili’s, the privacy and safety of our guests as well as the quality of food we serve each day is of utmost importance. With the changing world of digital and social media, Chili’s has Social Media Guidelines in place, asking our team members to always be respectful of our guests and to use proper judgment when discussing actions in the work place. When we find that team members violate these policies, they are subject to termination. After looking into the matter, we have taken action to prevent this from happening again. Involvement in the local community is something Chili’s prides ourselves on, and we are proud to partner with local law enforcement officials in our more than 1,200 restaurants throughout the U.S.”
A reminder that the words you type online can have serious consequences.
“Whatever you put in social media, even if you think it might be a joke or an emotional feeling in the moment, assume that it’s going to live on the internet in some form forever,” Social Media Expert Brian White said.
As for the photo, the men in blue said they just want to eat in peace.
News Channel 4 tried to contact Warden to get her side of the story.
So far, she has not contacted us to reply.
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