Denny’s is under fire for telling non-uniformed officers they can’t eat at a Belleville location while armed.
Denny’s should be taking heat, and a lot of it. This is the same restaurant chain that had to settle a lawsuit for its treatment of black customers. One has to wonder what kind of customer they want to attract.
But the issue is the unidentified patron who complained when seeing a firearm, and didn’t have sense enough to realize the table was full of cops.
The gun debate is in full force, particularly due to recent events, like the Newtown, CT school shooting. There is good reason to worry about gun violence, but officers are trained in firearm safety. Not all cops are saints, but I trust them far more than your average Joe with a gun.
“Excuse me, officer, you can’t have your gun here. You or it needs to leave. If there’s a shooting across the street, or here at Denny’s, just go to your car, unlock it, grab your gun and come back.”
This is what that "concerned patron" set in to motion when complaining to the restaurant manager, who will likely get canned. He’s going to lose his job for not asking the small-minded customer to leave.
The Belleville police have been told not to go to the Denny’s unless they’re responding a call. And it’s only a matter of time.
That’s the kind of customer they want to attract.
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