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Devils Lake, ND (WDAY News)

A police officer was reportedly refused service because of his uniform.

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, over the weekend a trooper went to the KFC/Taco Bell on Highway 2 in Devils Lake on his lunch break.

He claims the employee refused to take the order, telling the trooper he was just there to harass them because they arrested them in the past.

Highway Patrol says the trooper just transferred to the Devils Lake region from another part of the state.

It's still unclear if the trooper arrested the employee in the past, who does have a lengthy criminal record.

A manager then got involved to take control of the situation.

Highway Patrol tells us while the trooper and manager were talking the employee called 911 to report the trooper was there to harass them.

However, the employee said not to send any police officers to the restaurant because they would just harass them too.

The manager eventually gave the trooper his food.

A lieutenant with the highway patrol says this is extremely rare, especially here in North Dakota.

He said from time to time people may buy them food to thank them for their service.

It's still unknown if the trooper plans to file a complaint with either corporation.

WDAY News called the KFC/Taco Bell in Devils Lake half a dozen times Monday evening.

The phone just rang.

We reached out to corporate offices for both KFC and Taco Bell. We have not heard back from them either.

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