A group of police officers were hungry after a long day’s work, so they headed to The Cheesecake Factory for a hearty meal and some tasty dessert. However, as soon as restaurant workers saw the uniformed officers, they immediately served up a disgusting surprise for the unsuspecting law enforcement officials.
Five Washington State Corrections officers headed to The Cheesecake Factory at the Tacoma Mall on Tuesday with stomachs and wallets ready. Unfortunately, they soon realized that their money was no good there or at any of the restaurant’s other locations.
Blue Lives Matter reports that when Tacoma officer Miriam Nichols entered the franchise with her 5 co-workers, 3 of them still in their uniforms, employees instantly let them know that they were unwelcome for the most absurd reason. The general manager, known only as Will, told the officers that they would have to leave because they were carrying firearms and The Cheesecake Factory is a gun-free zone.
Thinking perhaps Will somehow didn’t notice their badges and uniforms, Nichols informed him that they are on-duty law enforcement officers who are merely carrying their service weapons within the building, just as they if they responded to a 911 call from the restaurant. Unbelievably, the manager reiterated that the corporate office has the same rules for all its eateries, which includes banning any person from carrying a firearm, even on-duty police officers, and that they would not be allowed to eat there.
Incredibly, Nichols says that no one in the group even saw a sign outlining their “no firearms” policy. Still, the 6 police officers were denied service and forced out of the restaurant.
I am local law enforcement and 5 coworkers and I were told to leave by the general manager, Will, of your Tacoma Mall…
As expected, once word circulated that The Cheesecake Factory had treated police officers with such disrespect, countless citizens expressed their outrage on the restaurant’s Facebook page and vowed to boycott. It was this overwhelming response that prompted corporate to address the issue, giving the most unapologetic apology the possibly could.
“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 Cheesecake Factory replied.
Nichols told KOMO that she believes the general manager’s behavior was due to a “misunderstanding,” however, the damage has already been done. By the time their “apology” was published, hundreds of angry customers were commenting their disdain for their treatment of police officers. Even after the business responded, most wrote off the reply as nothing more than a callous attempt to save the restaurant’s reputation.
There’s no telling what general manager Will would’ve done if the officers or anyone else visibly carrying a firearm refused to leave when asked. Would he have called the police and have them bring in their service weapons to remove the belligerent customer?
This is further proof of the liberal stupidity that conjured up gun-free zones. The only people who respect these gun-free zones are law-abiding citizens and police officers — the only people who would and could protect the unarmed diners in a threatening situation.
The Cheesecake Factory has enough problems on their hands without kicking out police officers. On Wednesday, Fox News reported that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against the restaurant chain after a Seattle location discriminated against a deaf employee.
Hearing impaired dishwasher Oleg Ivanov was hired to work at the restaurant in 2014, but the managers forced him to watch training videos without closed captioning. Because of this, Ivanov wasn’t able to hear the company’s policy on their frequently changing work schedules, and that he’d need to check it daily. When Ivanov missed a shift due to the restaurant’s “miscommunication,” he was given disciplinary meetings without a sign-language interpreter and was later fired. Ivanov is suing for back pay and other damages.
It seems as though The Cheesecake Factory has quite a few costly “miscommunications” regarding its management. Of course, it’s the victims of such discrepancies who suffer the consequences. It doesn’t look as though corporate is going to reprimand the general manager of their Tacoma location. In fact, they didn’t even offer the mistreated officers any consolation that would make them want to ever set foot in their restaurants again.
To corporate, we can only offer this advice — offer an actual apology, appropriately train and discipline your management, and eliminate this asinine “no firearms” policy before innocent civilians are targeted as disarmed sitting ducks in one of your restaurants.