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Restaurant apologizes for kicking out police officers to maintain ‘safe space'

Added 12-05-21 09:37:01pm EST - “A San Francisco restaurant has apologized after its staff denied service to three armed police officers, claiming that their weapons made its non-white guests feel threatned.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Restaurant apologizes for kicking out police officers to maintain ‘safe space’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The three officers were asked to leave ‘Hilda and Jesse’ on Friday – a restaurant located on San Francisco’s upmarket Union Street – with the owners alleging its staff “felt uncomfortable with the presence of their multiple weapons” after seating the officers.

“Our restaurant is a safe space – particularly for queer and bipoc individuals,” said co-owner Rachel Sillcocks in a statement. “We would happily welcome them off duty, out of uniform and without weapons. We’re sorry the decision upset you. We understand your perspective and we hope you’ll understand ours.”

The restaurant backtracked on Sunday, however, issuing an apology after its reviews were swarmed on Google and Yelp, resulting in a 1.4 and 1 star average rating respectively.

“We made a mistake and apologize for the unfortunate incident on Friday,” said Sillcocks and fellow co-owner Kristina Liedags Compton. “We are grateful to all members of the force who work hard to keep us safe, especially during these challenging times.”

The two owners expressed their hope that the restaurant could “repair and continue to build bridges with the SFPD,” concluding, “These are stressful times, and we handled this badly.”

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