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Washington restaurant feeling backlash after they tell deputies: “You’re not welcome here”

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Community members in Washington state are outraged over the treatment some of their deputies received at Lucky Teriyaki–a Chinese restaurant in Skagit County.

Four deputies went into the Sedro-Woolley establishment Thursday afternoon for their lunch break. When they went to pay the bill, the owner of the restaurant told the officers they weren’t welcome there, according to a post on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.  His customers apparently didn’t feel comfortable around law enforcement and it could hurt business, the owner said.

This came as a total shock to the Sheriff, who says law enforcement had just received a huge show of appreciation in Skagit County, during a recent ‘United We Stand’ event.

The deputies who were eating at Lucky Teriyaki said they thought, at first, they misunderstood the owner but he repeated the request not to come back.  He also reportedly asked them to “spread the word to other law enforcement that they were no longer welcome either,” KOMO News reported.

“I understand a business owner has a right to refuse service if he wants to. I also understand that as customers we all have the right to find some other restaurant to take our lunch break in,” Sheriff Will Reichardt wrote in the post.

The owners later tried to make up for what happened. After receiving death threats – the owner contacted KOMO News and claimed the whole thing was a misunderstanding and blamed it on the language barrier. In fact, the restaurant invited members of law enforcement to come eat  there -free of charge- on Monday.

 

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