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Restaurant that asked police officers to leave because their firearms made employees “uncomfortable” apologizes

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Don Sweeney

The Charlotte Observer

A San Francisco restaurant that sparked an uproar by asking three uniformed police officers to leave because their firearms made employees “uncomfortable” has apologized.

“We made a mistake,” co-owners Rachel Sillcocks and Kristina Liedags Compton wrote in an Instagram post for their brunch spot Hilda and Jesse on Sunday, Dec. 5.

“We are grateful to all members of the force who work hard to keep us safe, especially during these challenging times,” the post reads. “These are stressful times and we handled this badly.”

The Instagram post says Sillcocks and Compton hope the incident can be “a teachable moment” as they repair their relationship with police.

After seating the officers Friday, Dec. 3, employees “felt uncomfortable with the presence of their multiple weapons” and politely asked them to leave, an earlier Instagram post by the restaurant said.

“We welcome them into the restaurant when they are off duty, out of uniform, and without their weapons,” the earlier post said.

Sillcocks initially defended the decision to KGO, saying the restaurant is not anti-police.

“It is about the fact that we do not allow weapons in our restaurant,” Sillcocks said. “It has nothing to do that they were officers. It has everything to do that they were carrying guns.”

Police Chief William Scott responded on Twitter that his department asks officers to “support local businesses and get to know those they’re sworn to safeguard.”

“The San Francisco Police Department stands for safety with respect, even when it means respecting wishes that our officers and I find discouraging and personally disappointing,” Scott wrote. He wrote that he believes most city residents appreciate police.

The San Francisco Police Officers Association union accused the restaurant of acting “without any class or tact,” KNTV reported.

Some social media posts called for a boycott of Hilda and Jesse, while others supported its stance. The restaurant also was bombarded by negative reviews on Yelp and Google.

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  1. I bet Jesse and Hilda don’t know that when cops are off duty and in plain clothes they are still armed just concealed. lo


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