Ace Hardware Employee Refuses to Apologize After Saying 'I Smell Bacon' to Cop

The Boston Police Patrolmen's Association (BPPA) on Wednesday said an Ace Hardware employee refused to apologize after saying "I smell bacon" to one of their officers.

"Sadly, one of our officers had a bad experience [Ace Hardware] store in Allston today. While in the store, an employee stated, 'I smell bacon,'" the BPPA tweeted. "When the officer asked for an apology, he was told there'd be none. In response, items purchased were returned and a customer lost."

The bacon remark further riffs on the derogatory term "pig," often used in anti-police rhetoric to address law enforcement officials.

Shortly after it was posted on Wednesday afternoon, the tweet quickly garnered thousands of likes and comments, before propelling Ace Hardware to trend on the social media platform. The incident also spurred a heated debate, with hundreds of users putting forth their opinions on whether the employment and store should issue an apology to the BPPA and officer involved.

Newsweek reached out to Ace Hardware for comment.

"Maybe you should reflect on why people don't like you," one Twitter user commented.

Ongoing waves of civil unrest and protests against police brutality and racial injustice has ripped through America in recent months, sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. And as the protesters grow louder, U.S. citizens' trust in their law enforcement has dropped to record lows.

A Gallup poll, released in mid-August, showed that America's confidence in police fell five points to 48 percent between June to July, compared to the previous year. It was the first time in nearly three decades that Gallup had recorded a drop in police trust to below a majority.

Unsurprisingly, the decline could be attributed to Democrats further losing faith in their law enforcement. According to the survey, police confidence among Republicans had increased by roughly seven points to 82 percent, while among Democrats, that figure dropped six points to just 28 percent.

The distance between white and Black Americans was similarly large. According to the poll, just 19 percent of Black individuals expressed confidence in the police, compared to 56 percent of white individuals.

"One of the starkest metrics in this year's poll is that 11 percent of Black Americans express confidence in the criminal justice system,"Gallup editor Mohamed Younis said. "That means nine out of 10 Black Americans in this country do not have confidence in a process built on the theory that all citizens are equal before the law."

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Neighborhood ACE Hardware store, a locally owned franchise business in Kensington, California, a small town in the San Francisco Bay Area, September 4, 2018. Smith Collection/Getty