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Burger chain apologizes for 'inappropriate' employee behavior toward police officers

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A national burger chain is apologizing after employees at one of its Colorado restaurants apparently played N.W.A’s “F*** Tha Police” song on repeat while officers were there dining.

The Brotherhood for the Fallen in Aurora, Colorado, wrote about the incident on its Facebook page Saturday, adding that the restaurant's management had already been notified.

"Let's give Smashburger the chance they deserve to rectify any wrongdoing that may have occurred," the Facebook post read.

Hours later, Smashburger, which operates locations in 37 states across the country, released a statement apologizing for the "inappropriate" actions of the employees. Smashburger CEO Tom Ryan told KUSA-TV that the employees were playing their own music on their iPods.

First and foremost, we respect, honor and appreciate every police department in the country. The regrettable events of last night in no way reflect the values or principles that are core to the Smashburger brand. They occurred by way of the inappropriate actions by a few employees. They, and the manager in charge, have been placed on leave pending a thorough investigation. We apologize to the police officers affected, as well as to any of our guests who were party to this unfortunate incident.

The company says it is conducting an investigation into what happened. The shift manager who was in charge of the restaurant at the time has been placed on leave.


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