Police: St. Cloud officer refused service at Walmart while in uniform

ST. CLOUD, Fla. — An investigation is being conducted at a Walmart in Osceola County to try and determine whya St. Cloud police officer was denied service for showing up in uniform.

Channel 9 reporter Field Sutton contacted Walmart’s corporate offices and the police department after many in the community wondered if the incident was just a rumor.

Eyewitness News confirmed the officer walked into the Walmart on 13th Street, grabbed what he needed and then headed for the checkout.

The officer told a friend the cashier pointed to her skin color and told them she wouldn’t ring up his items.

The officer told that friend a second employee laughed at the way the officer was treated.

The uproar began brewing a week ago, when a man posted in a community Facebook group saying he wanted to know if the story he heard about the officer was a rumor.

The responses to the man’s post poured in, with some saying they had seen it happen.

Later, a friend of the officer joined the thread to say it was true.

Walmart and police confirmed the incident to Channel 9.

Sutton contacted Walmart’s corporate office to comment on the incident, but was told, “This is an unfortunate situation, but we cannot comment on an active HR investigation.”