San Francisco restaurant refuses service to 3 police officers who made staff ‘uncomfortable’
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A restaurant that refused to serve three San Francisco Police Department officers because their guns made staff “uncomfortable” has apologized.
The restaurant, called Hilda and Jesse, said staff politely asked the uniformed armed officers to leave Friday shortly after seating them, according to the post. Hilda and Jesse said the restaurant is a “safe space” and the presence of weapons prompted its staff to refuse service from officers, the company said in a social media post.
“We respect the San Francisco Police Department and are grateful for the work they do,” the post wrote. “We welcome them to the restaurant when they are not on duty, without uniforms and without their weapons.”
The restaurant said its actions are not a political statement, saying it did what it thought was best for its staff.
Chief Constable William Scott tweeted a reply, saying community engagement is a ‘fundamental tenet’ of police reform and that officers are encouraged to shop and eat at small businesses in order to ‘support local businesses and get to know those whom they have sworn to protect”.
“The San Francisco Police Department stands for safety with respect, even when that means respecting wishes that our officers and I find daunting and personally disappointing,” Scott continued. “I believe the vast majority of San Franciscans welcome their police officers, who deserve to know they are appreciated for the hard work we ask them to do — in their uniforms — to keep our neighborhoods and businesses safe. “
On Sunday, Hilda and Jesse apologized for the way the incident was handled.
“We are grateful to all members of the force who are working hard to keep us safe, especially during these trying times,” the restaurant said. “We hope this will be a teachable moment for us as we repair and continue to build bridges with the SFPD. These are stressful times, and we mishandled them.
The restaurant has suffered negative reactions on Yelp since the incident, receiving so many negative reviews that it ended up with an average rating of one star. Yelp has temporarily suspended the ability to leave reviews for Hilda and Jesse while it sorts through posts based on first-hand experiences and those in response to the incident involving SFPD.
Editor’s note: This story was updated Sunday, December 5 at 3:05 p.m. to include an apology issued by the restaurant.
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