Veteran Ernest Walker had his free meal taken by a Chili’s manager on Veterans Day after he questioned whether Mr. Walker was indeed a service member.
The manager failed to recognize the veteran’s military identification, and before taking his meal also questioned the legitimacy of Walker’s service dog. The chain has seen a large amount of backlash from the public, which prompted Chili’s to release a statement from the restaurant’s president Kelli Valade:
“We took swift action and immediately removed our manager from the restaurant,” Valade said. “We are now in the process of working with Mr. Walker on a resolution that promotes trust and healing.”
Walker’s lawyer met with Brinker International, the parent company of Chili’s, to discuss the incident. The veteran claims he doesn’t want to see the young manager permanently fired over the incident.
Mr. Walker started to record the altercation after the manager wouldn’t recognize his military identification, the video of the unfortunate situation can be viewed here.
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