In what seems like a case of petty retribution on a citizen from North Carolina governor Pat McCrory’s and his security detail, a gourmet food store employee was fired from his job as a result of a comment he allegedly made to the governor.
This past weekend, McCrory made a shopping trip to Reid’s Fine Foods when Drew Swope, a 45 year-old cook, offered to help. After realizing who McCrory was, Swope walked away and allegedly muttered, “Thanks for nothing.”
According to a report on the story from the Charlotte Observer, the governor began “yelling” at Swope, saying that he shouldn’t be treated like that as a customer.
He said the governor and his security team complained to the food store owner, who then fired him.
Swope said he doesn’t blame Reid’s for letting him go, saying, “I did speak out of turn.” But he added he thought it was “shocking” that the governor “had me excluded from the workplace because I upset his feelings.”
“I don’t make a lot of money,” Swope said. “Life is hard. Everyone needs to work.”
After initially declining to comment on the story, McCrory’s office told the Observer that Swope flashed an obscene gesture to the governor – an accusation that Swope outright denies.
“I wasn’t raised that way,” he said.
Although he didn’t witness the incident, the store’s owner Tom Coker said his decision to fire Swope had “nothing to do” with any alleged influence from McCrory or his staff.
“The governor couldn’t have been more gracious,” Coker said, adding that Swope’s actions were dealt with simply as “an inappropriate comment to a customer.”
The Observer reported that Coker said he was pulling into the restaurant parking lot after the incident when he was approached by McCrory and his security team.
“His security guy told me what happened,” Coker said.