A Smashburger location in Aurora, Colo., came under fire recently after employees reportedly put the NWA song F— tha Police on repeat as at least one local officer ate inside.
The infamous song contains multiple allusions to violence and death threats against police officers, including the following line by rapper Easy-E:
Without a gun and a badge, what do you got? A sucker in a uniform waiting to get shot by me.
The incident was soon shared with the company’s CEO, who promptly addressed it in a written statement:
First and foremost, we respect, honor and appreciate every police department in the country. The regrettable events of last night in no way reflect the values or principles that are core to the Smashburger brand. They occurred by way of the inappropriate actions by a few employees. They, and the manager in charge, have been placed on leave pending a thorough investigation.
We apologize to the police officers affected, as well as to any of our guests who were party to this unfortunate incident.
In an update to its initial Facebook post, Brotherhood for the Fallen Aurora accepted the chain’s apology at face value.
“We can all agree this act was likely a rogue employee whose actions unfortunately reflect poorly on the entire business which is undeserving to any profession,” the group wrote.