The manager of a southern Illinois Denny’s Restaurant in Belleville told five police officers that they had to put their guns in their vehicles or leave the eating establishment. The officers, who were on-duty detectives with clearly displayed official police personnel badges, chose to leave.
The policemen were asked to leave after a customer had expressed concern to the management of the restaurant about the guns being on the persons. The customer complained that the guns made him uncomfortable.
Belleville Police Chief Bill Clay ordered his officers to no longer go to Denny’s unless they are responding to an emergency.
Following the incident, Denny’s clarified that they do not allow firearms in their restaurant unless the guns are on law enforcement officials. They attempted to make the incident right by offering policemen a free meal on Friday at the 1130 South Illinois Street location from 7 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.