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Officer denied service at restaurant outside DC

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A police department outside Washington says an officer was denied service at a local Noodles & Company restaurant.

A police officer was denied service at a restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia. (Paul Swansen/Flickr via Creative Commons)

A police officer was denied service at a restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia. (Paul Swansen/Flickr via Creative Commons)

Police Chief Earl Cook of the Alexandria, Virginia police department went Tuesday to the Noodles & Company to speak with management. The managers apologized for the incident and said they would conduct an internal investigation, Cook said.

Police spokesperson Crystal Nosal told local news outlets that a female officer in uniform went Monday evening to the restaurant and stood in line. A female cook apparently came out from the back and told the cashier, “You better pull me off the line, because I’m not cooking for,” and then gestured at the officer.

Nosal says the cashier laughed and the officer left.

Noodles & Company said in a statement that the restaurant is working to “resolve this matter as quickly as possible.”

The incident comes amid heightened tension over police shootings of blacks across the U.S.