SHELBY, N.C. (WBTV) – The sheriff of Cleveland County says his deputies were taunted by employees and served tampered food at a fast food restaurant while taking a lunch break in their uniforms.RELATED: Woman caters meal for NC deputies taunted at restaurant
Sheriff Alan Norman confirmed the accusations to WBTV after a post was made online by the wife of a deputy.
“As they walked up to place their orders, the boys in the back cooking the food started yelling at them and calling them names,” she wrote about her husband’s trip to the Zaxby’s restaurant in Shelby.
She said her husband and his partner, who were both on duty and in their uniform, ignored the insults and continued ordering.
“Then, as they sat down to eat their food, my husband realized [they] had put the hottest sauce possible on [his] wings – to the point where his food wasn’t even fit to eat,” she continued.
WBTV spoke to the deputy on the phone, who asked that his name not be used, and he said the incident happened Sunday afternoon.
A spokesperson for Zaxby’s said the restaurant along the 2000 block of E Dixon Boulevard, in Shelby, is independently owned and operated by a franchisee.
The spokesperson said after WBTV’s inquiry, an internal investigation was launched with the company’s management team and they are “working quickly to resolve this issue.”
“It is our goal to always provide every guest with exceptional service,” officials said.