Restaurant staff arrested for failing to give free burgers to police

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Pakistani police have arrested all staff at a fast food restaurant after apparently refusing to give free burgers to a group of officers.

Nineteen workers at a Lahore branch of Johnny & Jugnu, a popular Pakistani fast food chain, were arrested last week, two days after officers were denied free food.

Nine police officers were suspended for the incident, which saw the 19 staff members stationed on June 11 taken into care for more than seven hours.

Pakistani fast food chain Johnny & Jugnu (Johnny & Jugnu / Facebook)Johnny & Jugnu / Facebook

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the channel said the officers started “harassing” and “pushing them around, all for not giving them free burgers, for failing to respond to a” request. of a very high level special guest “,” BBC News reports.

Incredibly, Johnny & Jugnu say this is not the first time that an incident like this has occurred, with the chain claiming that police have repeatedly entered their restaurants to demand free food, intimidating and threatening. sometimes the staff when they refuse.

In a statement, the restaurant said:

After rejecting their request for free burgers, which has become common practice for them, the police threatened our managers and left, only to come back the next day to harass more and put pressure on our teams …

“The incident which took place yesterday was not the first time it has happened and we are sure it will not be the last,” they said.

The restaurant said the initial incident happened on June 9, with a group of officers returning two days later when they arrested the manager “without giving any reason.”

Policemen in Pakistan (PA Images)AP Images

“Then they emptied our entire branch, taking our entire kitchen team, including the rest of the managers… fryers still on, customers waiting for their orders,” they said.

It sounds like a serious case of hanging, but cases where the police abuse their authority is said to be quite common in parts of Pakistan, with BBC News reporting that the country’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has specifically criticized the police in Punjab province, of which Lahore is the capital, accusing the officers of “cronyism”.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Inam Ghani, a senior police officer in Punjab, confirmed that the officers involved in the incident had been suspended, writing: “No one is allowed to do justice himself. Injustice will not be tolerated. All will be punished.

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