Two armed correctional officers were denied service at the eatery because of "misunderstanding."
WASHINGTON - Six Tacoma state correctional officers were refused service at a Cheesecake Factory on Tuesday because they were armed with their service weapons.
In what is now being called a “misunderstanding” the officers entered the restaurant only to be told by a shift manager she couldn’t serve them.
One of the officers, Miriam Nichols documented the event on social media.
“We were told the guns are not allowed, whether you are law enforcement or not, they are not welcome,” she wrote. “Everyone in our party were extremely upset at the lack of support we received at this location.”
It didn’t take long for her post to gather momentum with people on social media saying they would boycott the newly-opened restaurant located inside the Tacoma mall.
Recently, a Tacoma officer was killed after responding to a domestic dispute on the city’s East Side.
The Cheesecake Factory’s corporate offices stepped in and contacted the Department of Corrections offering an apology, saying all armed uniformed law enforcement personnel are indeed welcome.
The company posted on Facebook: “Miriam, 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."
The shift manager in question reportedly didn’t understand the company’s policy as it pertains to uniformed officers carrying weapons.
Spokesman for the DOC, Jeremy Barclay said, “It was a misunderstanding, and they’re rectifying that situation. They actually support law enforcement officers being in their restaurant and having their service weapons on them.”
By Wednesday afternoon, Nichols made another Facebook entry, assuring her readers that the snafu had been resolved.
She applauded Cheesecake Factory for, “reaching out and making it right.”
Last month at San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center), a similar situation occurred when transgender police officer Christine Garcia, in recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance, tried to enter the building but was denied by a staff member who misunderstood the organization’s policy on visiting uniformed law enforcement
The Center quickly apologized and updated their staff on protocol.