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SMITHFIELD — Smithfield’s Chick-fil-A is apologizing after an employee shared a social media post the restaurant called “hurtful, ignorant and wrong.”
Amid protests over the death of a black man in police custody in Minnesota, the post suggested that police stop rioters by spraying them with sewage.
The restaurant did not name the employee, but it would appear to be the wife of Smithfield franchise owner Keith Dimsdale. Late on Monday, Angie Dimsdale, the restaurant's director of customer care, apologized for sharing a post on a personal social media account.
“I now know that was a mistake,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “Since posting it, I have seen the hurt, anger and embarrassment it has caused.”
In a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, Keith Dimsdale apologized too. “This post does not reflect my views nor the views of the hard-working team members at our store,” he wrote. “At Smithfield Chick-fil-A we take great pride in earning your trust as a place where all are welcomed.”
“The action of this team member was such a significant violation of that trust that I terminated her effectively immediately,” he added.
Dimsdale said the post violated Chick-fil-A’s corporate mission. “As Chick-fil-A team members and leaders, our Corporate Purpose calls on us ‘to glorify God by by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us (and) to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A,’ ” he wrote.
“We fell drastically short of that today, and I’m very sorry for that,” Dimsdale said. “We will do better.”