Widow of slain veteran says IHOP refused military discount

Widow of slain veteran says IHOP refused military discount

Posted: Updated: May 20, 2013 10:57 PM
GRIFFIN, Ga. -

A local family says that IHOP refused to give them a military discount on their meal.

U.S. Army Spc. Johnathon Davis, a 20-year-old from Griffin, was killed in Afghanistan in March of 2012.

His widow, Kristen Davis, says she's used veteran discounts at various businesses after her husband was killed in action. She said that last Friday at an IHOP in Griffin, she went to pay for a meal after celebrating her son's first birthday there. She said that she showed her ID card as the wife of a soldier, but the manager refused to give her the discount.

Kristen said that the same IHOP manager had honored her dad's veterans discount when her mother paid. He'd already left.

Karrie Young, the IHOP manager involved, told FOX 5's George Franco that she's sorry for the incident.

"I would just like to apologize and say I that didn't want anyone to get hurt or to offend anyone," said Young.

A spokesperson for the IHOP Corporation from California said that veteran discounts are up to the individual franchisee. Both corporate and franchise representatives said they value the service and sacrifices of military personal.

In a statement the Griffin franchisee says "Regarding this particular incident, it was not our intention to upset or show disrespect for this guest. In retrospect, we would have handled this differently and hope we have the chance to serve her again."

Davis said the apology wasn't convincing.

"Of course she is going to apologize when the news comes to ask her about it. I'd apologize too if I was her," Davis said.

Davis said it was not about the money, which amounted to less than $2, it was about honoring her late husband.

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