In 2016, a few KFC branches in Ohio sparked widespread public outrage by posting a sign on their doors. Specifically, the Gallipolis KFC displayed the following message on its door: "All uniformed police officers eat free every day all day."
While we can never truly express our gratitude for the dedication of the public sector to protecting our lives, it appears that the public did not share this sentiment.
The owner of the Ashland, Kentucky store has publicly acknowledged receiving numerous positive calls from across the country.
"Law enforcement across the country from Miami, California, and different agencies, calling us just to thank us for what we're doing for our local law enforcement." Said Doug Knipp.
"We're hoping this catches on and hopefully goes nationwide."
Knipp Announced That All Of His Branches In The Tri-State Area Will Follow Suit In The Near Future
"It's what's going on in our country today that we all need everybody's help and we want to step up," said Knipp.
The following locations will be included: Huntington, West Virginia; Pikeville, Ashland, Grayson, Hazard, and Prestonsburg in Kentucky; Burlington and Gallipolis in Ohio; Jackson, Morehead, Wayne, Paintsville, and Louisa in Kentucky.
A Lot Of People Expressed That KFC Was Displaying Bias, And That The Offer Should Have Been Extended To Other Individuals In The Service As Well
Numerous individuals inquired as to why other service personnel, such as firefighters, were not included, arguing that they should receive similar "special treatment," the administrator of Ohio Going Blue responded to these concerns.
"This is a positive post, but some of you can't see the bigger picture. As an officer, I do not go into any establishment expecting/wanting ANYTHING to be free or let alone even a discount."
"Whether I'm in uniform or not, I can tell you other officers feel the same way. We don't like "special treatment". The fact is that KFC is acknowledging law enforcement, which is why this was posted. To those who stated that other first responders should also be acknowledged. My answer? ABSOLUTELY."
KFC's Gesture Demonstrates The Appreciation And Respect That First Responders Deserve
The remarks made by the officer above serve as a clear indication of the harmful impact that the negative perception of police officers can have. It is crucial to acknowledge that not all law enforcement officials are problematic, despite the negative portrayal of the police on social media.
Day in and day out, these individuals selflessly serve their communities, often putting their lives at risk to ensure our safety. Such acts of bravery are anything but selfish.
Todd Kelley, the police chief of Ashland, expressed his gratitude towards Knipp for the generous gesture. He also noted that it would aid in rebuilding the community-police relationship that has deteriorated over time.
"Our ability to get out and work with the community and them work with us. It's a two-way street," said Kelley.
"You guys are putting your life on the line for us," said Knipp. "Any time you're on duty, it's just our way of saying thank you."
"I think it's a wonderful idea," a customer told WSAZ.
"I know it makes you feel safer to come and eat, I can tell you that."
We firmly believe that every bit of positive recognition for our officers should be acknowledged. Even the smallest of gestures can serve as a powerful motivator to do even better.