Walmart Meets With St Cloud, FL Police; Cashier Who Refused to Serve Officer Out at Store
Walmart managers met with St. Cloud, Florida police officials on Wednesday to discuss the incident earlier this month when a cashier and co-worker refused to serve a uniformed officer who was trying to pay for his purchases.
Reportedly the clerk pointed to her skin color to explain why she was refusing to ring up the officer.
St. Cloud police posted about the meeting on their Facebook page.
“The St. Cloud Police Chief, Pete Gauntlett met the new manager of St. Cloud Wal-Mart, Doris Riofrio along with Helen Schmal and Ron Giehl. The St. Cloud Police Department with Wal-Mart are working together to build a stronger community.”
Later Wednesday St Cloud police posted a statement on the resolution of the incident with a link to a news report by WFTV-TV that included a statement from Walmart.
“St. Cloud Police Department would like to thank Wal Mart for their continued partnership with our agency. They have addressed this sensitive matter with the utmost professionalism through their thorough investigation. See below article for more information.”
…The incident happened at the Walmart on 13th Street earlier this month, sparking outrage among members of a Facebook group.
Walmart released a statement saying, “We take these things seriously and do not tolerate discrimination of any kind in our stores.
We value the relationships we have with law enforcement agencies throughout the country and we’ve met with the St. Cloud Police Department to address their concerns. We want everyone to be treated with respect whether they are in our stores or anywhere in the community.
The cashier who was involved in this situation no longer works in our store.”
UPDATE: Orlando Fox 35 reporter Sonni Abatta reported the worker had been “fired.”
— Sonni Abatta (@SonniAbatta) August 17, 2016
“BREAKING: @Walmart cashier who reportedly refused service to police officer in St. Cloud fired. #FOX35 #Florida #news #police”