The Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association tweeted that an officer was inside an Ace Hardware
store in the city’s Allston neighborhood Tuesday when an employee said, “I
smell bacon” — a synonym for the derogatory term “pig” used against police.
said that when the officer asked for an apology, he was told there would be
none. With that, the purchased items were returned, the association said, and
the store “lost” a customer. The BPPA characterized the incident as a “bad
experience” for the officer.
But several hours after the BPPA’s initial tweet, the
association posted a follow-up message saying Ace Hardware
representatives reached out and spoke to the officer in question and that
“during the conversation, an apology was offered and graciously accepted by the
officer with both parties agreeing that mutual respect benefits us all.”
no indication that the employee in question offered an apology or was
disciplined in any manner. Anti-police sentiment has been spiking of late,
particularly in urban areas — and especially on the heels of incidents
involving black men such as the death of George Floyd and the shooting of Jacob
How did folks react?
reaction on Twitter to the incident was mixed. Some users were upset that
employee showed such disrespect toward a police officer:
“Disgraceful, disgusting, and un-American,” one user noted.
“Damn….Ace Hardware just f’d up,” another user said. “I’m a Democrat, yes, but I believe all lives
matter and don’t wish harm to anyone. I also believe not all cops are bad. I
work for Lowes in upstate NY, and we would NEVER disrespect any first
responders like that! I repeat…..NEVER.”
“Omg @AceHardware better fire that rude employee,” another
commenter noted. “Fast.”
I say this as a Dem … as a Lib … as someone appalled by police
brutality … HOWEVER, I also think that as an employee, working anywhere, my job
is to serve the customer and treat him/her with courtesy,” another user said. “To initiate rudeness on the side of the employee
is not good policy.”
“And a pos employee should be fired,” another said.
a few others were decidedly unsympathetic to the officer:
“A cop is butt hurt, the world knows they’re a wuss & easily
offended by WORDS. Wow! This little piggy cried all the way home,” one
commenter offered. “If the cop is that sensitive, they need a new
job w/o access to a gun.”
“If you need help crying about it, may i suggest deploying a
canister of tear gas inside your patrol car,” another quipped.
“If someone can’t handle ‘I smell bacon’ they have no business
controlling a firearm,” another person said. “This is why y’all murder black people who are
running away or asleep in their beds — you have no control over your emotions
and are a bunch of babies with guns on an ego trip.”
“Phew. For a second there, I thought you were going to say an
ACE Hardware employee shot your officer in the back 7 times in the cutlery
department,” another user said.
Hardware on Thursday morning didn’t immediately respond to TheBlaze’s request
for comment regarding if any disciplinary action was taken against the employee
Author: Dave Urbanski