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    Whataburger Employee Refuses Border Patrol Agents Returning from Puerto Rico Hurrican

    Whataburger Employee Refuses Border Patrol Agents Returning from Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief, Say Agents

    by BOB PRICE
    26 Oct 2017
    Corpus Christi, TX

    Two U.S. Border Patrol agents said a Corpus Christi Whataburger store refused to serve them because they were in uniform with duty-issued sidearms. The agents just returned to the area after being deployed to Puerto Rico for hurricane relief assistance operations.

    “Two of our tactical (BORTAC) agents just got back from hurricane relief work in Puerto Rico and the first thing they wanted was a Whataburger,” Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera told Breitbart Texas in his role as president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 that represents the agents in the Rio Grande Valley and southeast Texas. “This was the first thing they wanted when they got back home.”


    BORDER PATROL RGVTX @rgv3307
    @Whataburger does it again (Corpus Christi - Weber & Saratoga location) refuses service to Law Enforcement Officers - What's going on here?
    8:04 AM - Oct 26, 2017

    BORDER PATROL RGVTX @rgv3307
    Agents had just returned from Puerto Rico relief efforts and were craving @Whataburger and were refused service by on duty employee. https://twitter.com/rgv3307/status/923565955283869702
    8:07 AM - Oct 26, 2017

    Cabrera said the two uniformed Border Patrol agents entered the Whataburger located at 6425 Weber in Corpus Christi, Texas, at about 11 a.m. on Thursday. The agents approached the counter to place their order and were told by a male employee that they would have to remove their duty weapons in order to be served in the restaurant.

    The agents advised the employee they were on duty and were not allowed to disarm. The employee responded, telling them they would have to leave, Cabrera said.

    Not wanting to make a scene, the agents left the store but were not happy about the situation.

    “We have lots of agents that live in work in the communities that Whataburger serves,” Cabrera explained. “It’s a shame this happened. We expect a lot more from them.”

    Breitbart Texas brought the incident to the attention of Whataburger’s corporate office. The contact person said the company would investigate the incident and send a response as soon as it was available.

    Earlier this month, Whataburger fired an employee in Denison, Texas, after the employee refused to serve two uniformed Denison Police Department officers, Breitbart Texas reported. In that incident, it turned out the employee had a bad feeling about police because she said her boyfriend had been arrested earlier in the month.

    At that time, Whataburger officials issued the following statement:

    We took swift action and this person is no longer employed by us. We’ve also reached out to the police sergeant to apologize and plan to speak with the other officers involved to apologize in person and make this right. Whataburger truly appreciates our law enforcement and their efforts to protect and serve our communities.

    The company does have a policy prohibiting private citizens from openly carrying a firearm in their stores. It is not clear if the Corpus Christi incident is a training issue or another employee with an axe to grind against law enforcement or Border Patrol agents in particular.

    Border Patrol agents responded to the devastated U.S. territory of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria to provide humanitarian aid and logistical support for the federal relief effort. BORTAC agents “performed enforcement support missions with local police and provided humanitarian assistance in Aguadilla, Aricebo, Byamone and San Juan, as a part of the larger FEMA mission following Hurricane Maria,” according to a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

    “The Border Patrol is very adept at going into desolate areas that are hard to navigate, and sometimes dangerous,” Border Patrol Agent Kevin Reilly, who recently returned from Puerto Rico, said in a written statement. “For us, it was another ‘day at work’. All the guys on MRT and BORTAC are workers; especially when we were getting the supplies needed to help the people in Puerto Rico. The Border Patrol was tailor-made for this.”

    If Whataburger responds to the Corpus Christi incident, Breitbart Texas will update this story.

    Agent Cabrera expressed his disappointment with the situation, stating, “We thought that Whataburger was above this kind of thing.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/...ricane-relief/
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    Border Patrol Agents, Whataburger Make Peace After Refusal of Service Debacle

    by BOB PRICE
    28 Oct 2017
    Corpus Christi, TX

    Whataburger officials responded to statements by Border Patrol agents that they were refused service in a Corpus Christi store because of their firearms by saying a store manager was “unable to identify the agents as law enforcement officials.” The agents said they were dressed in their uniforms that included a badge, Border Patrol patches, and a Border Patrol “tape” on their chest just below the badge. The agents said they were wearing their government-issued sidearms as required by regulations. Whataburger says there was no refusal of service.

    Through their union officials with National Border Patrol Council Local 3307, the agents said they had just returned from Hurricane Maria relief efforts and the first thing they wanted was to eat at Whataburger.

    “This was the first thing they wanted when they got back home.” Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera told Breitbart Texas in his role as president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 that represents the agents in the Rio Grande Valley and southeast Texas. Cabrera said the four uniformed Border Patrol agents entered the Whataburger located at 6425 Weber in Corpus Christi, Texas, at about 11 p.m. on Wednesday. The agents approached the counter to place their order and were told by a male employee that they would have to remove their duty weapons in order to be served in the restaurant.

    Cabrera said the agents were in full uniform, complete with their badge, Border Patrol patches, and other identifying insignia. He also said at least one of the agents presented his credentials to show he was a law enforcement agent. The agents told Cabrera Whataburger employees told them they could not be served unless they covered their firearms. The agents said they decided to leave because they are not allowed to remove or cover their sidearms.



    Whataburger officials initially responded with the following statement:

    Last night four men entered one of our Corpus Christi restaurants dressed in camouflage without any visible badges or identification. One was openly carrying a gun. The manager in charge explained that we do not allow open carry in our restaurants. At that point, the men stated they were Border Patrol officers, they became upset with our manager and they chose to leave. Had they shown their identification, we would have happily served them per our policy which allows law enforcement to open carry at our restaurants. We spoke to a Border Patrol representative after the incident and apologized for the misunderstanding. He explained that they are testing new uniforms.

    Following this statement, Cabrera personally met with the agents and looked at the uniforms they said they wore that night. “There is no way that anyone could mistake them for anyone but a Border Patrol agent,” he explained. “It is a newer uniform, but that it is easily identifiable.”

    Following further discussions between Breitbart Texas and Whataburger’s media consultants, the company issued an updated statement claiming there was no refusal to serve the agents.

    Whataburger Corporate Communications states:

    *This was a misunderstanding of our open carry policy where an employee was unable to identify agents as law enforcement officials based on what they were wearing.
    *After thorough investigation confirmed by multiple witnesses, at no time was there a refusal of service.
    *To make things right and continue to stand by law enforcement, we also connected directly with the agent to quickly and effectively resolve the situation and invite him back.
    *The agent was appreciative of our time and said he is still a Whataburger fan – we’re on good terms with him.

    http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/...w-enforcement/
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