- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Cheesecake Factory has apologized for a “misunderstanding” that led to several law enforcement officers being refused service at a Tacoma, Washington, restaurant.

Miriam Nichols of the Washington State Department of Corrections wrote on the restaurant’s Facebook page Tuesday that she and five uniformed co-workers were turned away because three of them were carrying service weapons, The News Tribune reported.

“We were told the guns are not allowed, whether you are law enforcement or not, they are not welcome,” Officer Nichols wrote.

Her post spurred calls for a boycott against the restaurant, which opened Dec. 6 at the Tacoma Mall. The next day, the Cheesecake Factory’s corporate office reached out to the Department of Corrections and the six officers involved to apologize, The News Tribune reported.

Apparently a shift manager misunderstood the restaurant’s gun policy, which allows uniformed law enforcement officers to carry their service weapons.

“It was a misunderstanding, and they’re rectifying that situation,” DOC spokesman Jeremy Barclay told The News Tribune. “They actually support law enforcement officers being in their restaurant and having their service weapons on them.”

The Cheesecake Factory also reached out to Officer Nichols via its Facebook page.

Miriam, our policy is to allow uniformed and identified law enforcement officials to possess their service weapons on our premises,” the restaurant said. “To the extent that there was a miscommunication of our policy, we sincerely apologize.”

Officer Nichols posted again to the restaurant’s Facebook page to thank them for resolving the situation, The News Tribune reported.

“They have stated that the manager in question was misinformed of the policy and as such, mishandled the situation completely,” she wrote. “Thank you Cheesecake Factory for reaching out and making it right.”


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