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Fired Chef’s Confrontation With Governor Gets International Attention

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A Charlotte chef who was fired after an encounter with Governor Pat McCrory says he understands why he was let go. The issue started with one comment, and it's now getting international attention.

Normally, Drew Swope is all about good customer service, but one of his customers at Reid's Fine Foods didn't get the finest treatment, and Swope was fired promptly after the confrontation. Swope says, "When I just took one look at his (Governor Pat McCrory's) face, the first thing that came to my mind came out of my mouth, which was, 'Thanks for nothing."

The phrase he muttered to the governor is now being used on t-shirts, and Swope says he's been contacted by news outlets around the nation and the British newspaper, The Guardian. Swope says he was surprised by the reaction he says he got from McCrory when he called the governor out for what he considers bad policies. Swope says the governor yelled at him. He adds, "That (McCrory's reaction) really got me. It was like, 'Little 'ole me hurt your feelings and got you this upset."

McCrory's staff tells a different story, saying Swope gave the governor a rude gesture. Swope denies that. He says, "People are going to respond in mail and in person, but I'm just sorry his skin is so thin that it hurt his feelings."

McCrory's office says the governor did not yell at Swope. Either way, the former chef says he actually agrees with the way his boss at Reid's handled things. Swope says, "I would have fired me too, if not had a stern reprimand. But I regret nothing because I had a rare opportunity to say something to somebody who needs to hear it."

Swope says he's been making cold calls to find a new job. He says he also got a call from Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon who he says offered to help him find a job.
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