A Party City customer claimed that an employee refused to fill her balloon order after discovering that it was for a Pennsylvania police officer’s memorial ceremony.
Karly Lane told WPXI-TV that she went to the Party City in Pleasant Hills on Saturday to buy black and blue balloons for her friend, Duquesne police officer Robert GoGo Jr., who died in an off-duty motorcycle crash nearly a month ago.
Lane said she told the employee that the balloons were for GoGo’s ceremony and the employee allegedly told Lane that she refused to support a police officer and made a co-worker help Lane out instead.
"How can you not support a police officer? It doesn't matter. They don't know my brother. They don't know what kind of man he was. They don't know what he did in his job. It just hurts," GoGo’s siter Jennifer Martino told the station.
On Tuesday, Lane posted an update on her Facebook page, writing that Party City's Chief Operating Officer promised the company would make donations to the Duquesne Police Dept. in Party City's name and in the fallen officer's name.
The manager of the Party City told WPXI that the store supported “all police officers” and the corporation released a statement on the matter.
"Party City is committed to our customers and the community. Corporate management is looking into the matter to uncover what transpired and will take action accordingly."