In what seems to be a never ending trend, the war on police continues to escalate. This time the battleground was at a popular restaurant in Tacoma, Washington. This popular restaurant would be The Cheesecake Factory at the Tacoma Mall.
On the Tuesday before Christmas when a group of six Washington State Corrections Officers were having a working lunch to exchange Christmas gifts ended when members of management told them they had to leave. And what was the reason why the officers were told to leave was because they were carrying their service weapons.
Officer Miriam Nichols sent a message to the Official Facebook page for the Cheesecake Factory to describe what happened:
And what was the response from the Cheesecake Factory Corporate Headquarters; they released a very generic statement offering an apology for the incident and explained that the managers at the Tacoma restaurant misunderstood the policy.
“Our policy is to allow uniformed and identified law enforcement officials to possess their service weapons on our premises. To the extent that there was a miscommunication of our policy, we sincerely apologize.”
To see the video of the apology that aired on Fox and Friends, click here.
The Pierce County Corrections Department said they were contacted personally by Cheesecake Factory Corporate, who said the manager was simply misinformed.
Officer Nichols admitted that she had never been through a situation like this before when asked about the incident. “I can say I’ve never had that type of reaction before so it does lead me to believe it was a misunderstanding.”
This assault on the police has to stop. Yes, I know there are some bad cops out there but they are few and far between and the good ones outweigh the bad. The over reaction by companies such as the Cheesecake Factory and Noodles & Company has to stop and it has to stop immediately. These companies have to understand that the way that they treat officers in such a disturbing way it will have consequences. The only consequence that the businesses are thinking is the backlash from the public, but what about the backlash from the police when the owners of the businesses need the police to protect them?