Workers at a fast food restaurant in Pakistan were placed under arrest over the weekend after they refused to give a group of police officers free food. At least 19 workers at Johnny & Jugnu in Lahore were detained and held overnight, the BBC reported.
“This is not the first time something like this has happened… at our restaurant,” the burger chain said in a statement. They claim the officers came in two days before the arrests, asking for free burgers, and the workers declined. The food chain said the officers threatened the managers and left “only to return the next day to further harass and pressurise our teams… with baseless arguments.”
The restaurant added that officers asking for free burgers has become “common practice, and that the workers weren’t allowed to shut down the kitchen before being placed in police custody, leaving “fryers still running, customers waiting for their orders.”
The nine officers involved in the incident were suspended and officials said further punishment is forthcoming.
“No one is allowed to take the law into his own hands. Injustice will not be tolerated. All of them will be punished,” Senior police official Inam Ghani tweeted.