Two deputies with the Lee County Sheriff's department were refused service by a Taco Bell cashier on Saturday night (archived). The cashier reportedly told the two that the restaurant does not serve law "enforcement" officers. In spite of reports that other customers approved of the cashier's exercising her ability to refuse service, the cashier was fired Sunday while management from the Franchisee and Yum brands were occupied with apologizing to the local "law enforcement" community.
The cashier has neither been identified nor given an opportunity by the local media to offer details about the incident. The possibility of bad behavior on the part of the deputies acutely justifying the refusal of service for reasons beyond the cashier taking a principled stand may exist. Peace in our time.