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That evening, Gridley left Jefferson Community and Technical College, where she is a student, and went to Taco Bell, where she's been a customer for 20 years. When she left, she saw three homeless people on the street.
Grontley spontaneously asked the group if they wanted a hot meal. "I asked one to put on a shirt, "she tells Yahoo Lifestyle." We walked for a bit and then I saw three homeless people joining. "
The group moved on and Gridley realized that they would soon pass a cluster of people sleeping under a freeway overpass." couldn't go over them without an invitation, "she tells Yahoo Lifestyle." So I said, " Who is awake and wants food? ""
When Gridley and her group were about to enter the Broadway restaurant, a friend discovered and asked to include him. This man was with six other homeless people.
According to Gridley, the restaurant was practically empty and seven employees were present. "A security guard working at my college ate dinner at the table and started stressing with one of the women," she says. "I waved my credit card and said, & # 39; Everyone here is a paying customer. & # 39;"
But the cashier reportedly told the chefs, "Bag all these orders to go." After Gridley paid $ 77 for a food order, the teenage girl asked to use the restroom. "The staff member said the bathroom was cleaned and closed for the night," she says. "But there was one hour left until closing."
Then a tall, well-dressed man entered Taco Bell. "He told me," I see what you're doing here, and I want to contribute, "# 39; & # 39; handed Gridley a $ 10 bill.
After Gridley made a second order for $ 11, she says an employee locked the front door and asked everyone to leave at the side exit because the restaurant was "understaffed."
Gridley claims she overheard an employee mimicking her with a loud voice to the manager. "Meanwhile, all my guests smiled. and introduced themselves to each other, "she tells Yahoo Lifestyle." There was no problem with their behavior. "
Four members of her group were not allowed to serve, although Gridley sacrificed their own meal for them to share.
"A group of men went to my car and we said goodbye," she tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
On Tuesday, Gridley wrote on Facebook, "I spent over $ 100 on 48 menu items and was told to leave …. I will shout from the rooftops how nasty Taco Bell is to paying customers. I am a white, housewife 44 years old and have nothing better to do. I urge anyone with authority to contact me. "
A representative from Taco Bell tells Yahoo Lifestyle," Taco Bell is committed to creating a space that is welcoming and safe for all people, while maintaining an environment free of discrimination or harassment. The franchise organization that owns and operates this site is looking into the matter and will proactively train its team members in the guidelines. Knowing that homelessness is an unfortunate issue in this area, the franchisee looks forward to getting in touch with local organizations to see how they can help and work better together in the future. "
Gridley says she wants to feed the homeless again – but not at Taco Bell. "I'll take them to McDonald's."
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