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Report: NC grocery store worker fired over comments to governor

Gov. Pat McCrory

CHARLOTTE, NC (WTVR) – A worker at a grocery store in North Carolina says he was fired because of a comment he made to Gov. Pat McCrory over the weekend.

Drew Swope told the Charlotte Observer that he was working Sunday afternoon at Reid’s Fine Foods when he asked if he could help the governor.

However, once the 45-year-old cook realized he was talking to  McCrory, who he disagrees with politically, he took a swipe.

Swope told the newspaper he said, “Thanks for nothing,” before walking away.

That’s when Swoke said the governor started “yelling” at him, saying that he should not be treated in such a fashion as a customer.

The governor’s office, who initially refused comment on the story, later said that Swope also made an obscene gesture during the exchange.

After the incident, Swope said the governor’s security detail complained to the store’s owner about his behavior and he was let go.

Swope said he understands why he was fired since he admits he “did speak out of turn.” But he denies making an obscene gesture.

Additionally, Joshua Ellis, McCrory’s communications director, told the newspaper that Swope had commented on a Facebook post about “physically harming the governor…”

Click here to read more on this story from the Charlotte Observer. 

5 comments

    • athynz

      While I see your point about treating a customer – any customer – rudely at the same time if the governor was man enough he could have asked Swope what the issue was and actually listened. Nor would I have terminated Swope – if it was his first offense. There is supposed to be a protocol of verbal warning, written warning, then termination yes? Going straight to termination because it was the governor was wrong IF it was his first offense. What was found in his FB page was nothing since he did not in fact carry out the threat.

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