Across the country, there has been no shortage of restaurant employees losing their jobs after staging what could be construed as anti-police protests while on the job. In Dallas earlier this year, an employee of Genghis Grill was fired after refusing to serve police, among other incidents. Now, it would appear as if Houston has its very own officer-involved restaurant controversy.
In a now-deleted Facebook post, Houston-area police officer Shane Cates went to Going’s BBQ in Crosby on Monday with a few fellow officers for lunch. When he got there, he heard music playing from behind the restaurant’s counter that just so happened to be N.W.A.’s “Fuck Tha Police,” and he wasn’t happy.
Going’s BBQ owner Rigo Berto Ruiz told the Houston Chronicle that a 17-year-old dishwasher at the restaurant intentionally played the song when he saw the police officers enter the restaurant. Not surprisingly, the dishwasher has since been fired.
The controversy went viral online, and was picked up by Complex and the Dallas Morning News. In response to their newfound fame, Going’s BBQ posted this statement on Facebook:
Whether or not the free meal for police officers at Going’s BBQ in Baytown and Crosby will be enough to repair the damage remains to be seen.