Zachary Randolph is 18 and works at a Great American Cookies store in a mall in Katy, Texas. A police officer came in and wanted to buy a cheesecake brownie for dessert. Zachary admires police officers. He thinks they do not get nearly enough credit, so he offered to buy the officer’s brownie out of his own pocket. He did not take the employee discount… he took the $2.75 out of his own money to buy the treat for this cop. That’s when the trouble began. From Zachary: “He’s just a really nice guy and on top of that he has a badge. That’s enough for me to buy him something. That’s the least I can do. A lot of people I know my age don’t support police officers. I don’t think it’s fair.”
There was a couple with a child behind the police officer. When it was their turn, they demanded they get free cookies because the police office got one. When Zachary explained what he had done, they still demanded freebies. He said no: “They were asking if I was going to buy them a cookie. And I told them both, ‘No. They don’t have a badge. I’m sorry.'” The father put his child down and started to come around the counter. He began threatening to beat Zachary up calling him racist over it. The wife threatened to slap the kid. Zachary retreated to a back room and the manager stopped the guy. The jerk then claimed he was going to get Zachary fired and he came damned close to doing just that.
Zachary was called into the manager’s office the following day and he was told to bring all his stuff. The manager informed him that all of upper management wanted him fired, but he didn’t want to do that. He suspended him for a week and wrote him up. The kid went home and told his mother, Tami Kurtz Randolph, what had happened. She got supremely ticked off and posted it on Facebook where it went viral. There were over 6,000 shares almost immediately. She couldn’t believe that her son would do something kind and right and then be suspended for it. His mother wrote: “Since when does buying a police officer a cookie give anyone else a reason to attack someone. And when did a Corporation want to FIRE someone for being KIND, taking what a customer said or did, regardless of how hateful they are.”
The media gets involved
The media ran with it and before long, the owner of the cookie store tried to contact Zachary and his mom. I don’t think he was successful. He released a statement apologizing to Zachary and he stated that he was not suspended and the store loves and supports police officers. The manager could not even tell Zachary why he was suspended or written up. He didn’t have a good reason. I don’t know what race this couple was, but they obviously hate cops and the racist allegation makes me believe they are black. It’s just unacceptable and they should have been banned from the store. The mother noted on the write-up: “(The warning) says ‘he bought a cookie for a police officer and a customer wanted to physically fight him’ it does state if this happens again he will be termiated.” The store is lucky the kid isn’t suing them.
Then the owner relents to the pressure
Then, in a statement released to the Houston Chronicle, Biju George, owner and operator of the Great American Cookies at Katy Mills Mall made a statement. She stated,”On behalf of Great American Cookies Katy Mills, we owe the employee an apology. It was never an issue that he purchased a brownie for a police officer, but rather the events that unfolded with another customer in line at the time. However, after further review, we realize that the employee was in fact in the right and we continue to reach out to him and his mom to issue an apology. The corrective action and suspension was reversed immediately and we hope to connect with him today.” If I were Zachary, I would not bother.
The manager should have been fired and will now be gunning for him and the owner’s apology falls way short of what it should be. It’s covering their butt, not making this right. Enough of this social justice crap.