A California restaurant says it asked three police officers to leave because their weapons made workers “uncomfortable.”
An Instagram post by Hilda and Jesse restaurant in San Francisco on the Friday, Dec. 3, incident describes the brunch spot as a “safe space” that does not allow weapons.
After seating the uniformed officers, employees “felt uncomfortable with the presence of their multiple weapons” and politely asked them to leave, the post says.
“We respect the San Francisco Police Department and are grateful for the work they do,” the post reads. “We welcome them into the restaurant when they are off duty, out of uniform, and without their weapons.”
Police Chief William Scott wrote on Twitter that his department asks officers to “support local businesses and get to know those they’re sworn to safeguard.”
“The San Francisco Police Department stands for safety with respect, even when it means respecting wishes that our officers and I find discouraging and personally disappointing,” Scott wrote. He wrote that he believes most city residents appreciate police.
Rachel Sillcocks, co-owner of Hilda and Jesse, told KGO the restaurant is not anti-police.
“It is about the fact that we do not allow weapons in our restaurant,” Sillcocks said. “It has nothing to do that they were officers. It has everything to do that they were carrying guns.”
The San Francisco Police Officers Association union accused the restaurant of acting “without any class or tact,” KNTV reported.
Some social media posts called for a boycott of Hilda and Jesse, while others supported its stance.
“So bummed this happened in my neighborhood,” wrote John Perris, KPIX reported. “Never had the food at this new restaurant. But it could not possibly be good enough to cover the bad taste this leaves.”
“It’s her restaurant, she can do what she wants,” wrote Peter Schreyer, according to the station. “Who wants to be eating lunch next to someone with a weapon?”
The restaurant has been bombarded by poor reviews on Yelp and Google following the incident, SFGate reported.