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Store cook fired after comment to Gov. McCrory

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -

A Charlotte food store cook has been fired for a comment he made to Gov. Pat McCrory. 

An employee of Reids's Fine Foods said he was fired because of a comment he made to the governor Sunday, The Charlotte Observer reported.

Drew Swope, 45, had asked McCrory if he could help him, but then said "thanks for nothing" and walked away when he realized he was speaking to the governor, with whom he disagrees politically.

McCrory's security detail complained about the comment and owner Tom Coker says he dismissed Swope because the comment was inappropriate to make to any customer.

"It's not acceptable in any workplace, especially in the service industry to treat your customers that way," Coker said.

Swope says he doesn't blame Coker for firing him, acknowledging "I did speak out of turn."

"I don't make a lot of money," Swope said. "Life is hard. Everyone needs to work."

Swope says McCrory yelled at him after the comment. A gubernatorial spokesman denies that.

 

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