Recently, I wrote a shout out to first responders who I first hand saw directing traffic and putting out fires. First Responder Post
It was well organized; life and property were preserved. All is well that ends well.
I am thankful for our first responders in every discipline. In fact, there is a first responder flag. The colors represent different branches of first responders. The definitions vary a little for the colors, but here is a site with a great breakdown of the flag. First Responder Flag Meaning
Not only am I a patriot, I am proud to represent the Thin Grey Line representing corrections work. This includes parole officers, probation, baliffs, and jailers. Reference
A really neat meme sums up the first responders who work in this field.
That being said, I was excited to see that Dave Napier, franchise owner of the McDonald’s at 2305 Fremont Dr. Canon City, Co 81212 (719) 275-9257
Was giving free combo meals to first responders for a short time period.
The Canon City Daily Record. States,
“Cañon City’s McDonald’s restaurant, 2305 Fremont Drive, will give a free combo meal to first responders and hospital employees with an official identification in the drive-thru from now until April 10.Because of the heightened concern regarding the spread of COVID-19, owner/operator of the local McDonald’s location, Dave Napier, said he would like to honor and give a special ‘thank you’ to all the men and women who put their own lives on the line every day and are serving those affected by the global pandemic. Requirements for the redemption of the offer are one per customer and must be present with ID to redeem.”
When I heard about this from a Correctional Professional, I was elated. There is enormous stress inside the walls of a prison and while I did not plan to partake, I immediately thought of writing about this generous, caring franchise.
There was a pause after my newfound blogging opportunity.
Then the statement. “Uh, it does not apply to corrections, they say we are not first responders.”
11 years of service flashed before me that I am restricted by policy from talking about. ” that is impossible!” I exclaimed.
Because it was word of mouth and the Canon City Daily Record could be wrong,
I called McDonalds at 2305 Fremont Dr Canon City, Co 81212 by dialing (719) 275-9257.
I asked if they were providing a complimentary meal to First Responders and they said yes. I asked if Correctional Officers were included and they said no. My jaw dropped and the Correctional Proffessional said, “I told you so.” In a comforting tone he said “It’s ok, Starbucks loves us.” We both had a good chuckle and went on our way.
So let’s make sure I am keeping this real. There are many times I go to the gas station and find it necessary to insist I pay for coffee. My paycheck is how I am compensated and an officer is a servant to the public.
To tell me I am not a first responder is a slap in the face. It is hard to take an insult sometimes. That is what really is driving this post. The fact that Dave Napier is telling a newspaper that he is feeding first responders, when in fact it is a public relations stunt irritates me as well.
I figured I would go to the source. I contacted McDonald’s corporation and asked thier opinion on first responders.
I recieved a reply.
They did not answer my question.
What is the criteria to be considered a first responder? The Department of Labor seems to think I qualify as one. Source
Irritated at the real lack of response and the canned message, I went to reply back until I read the fine print.
Thanks For Reading! I will keep you posted as this unfolds.