San Francisco Restaurant Apologizes After Refusing To Serve Armed Cops In Uniform

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Hilda and Jesse said the presence of armed law enforcement made employees uncomfortable.

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A San Francisco restaurant, which calls itself a safe place for people of color, has apologized after refusing to serve armed police officers in uniform because they made staff “uncomfortable”.

Hilda and Jessie announced on Instagram that the restaurant politely asked three SFPD officers to leave the premises on Friday “Their many weapons.” The post said the restaurant is grateful for the department’s work and that they would welcome anyone off-duty and without a gun in law enforcement.

On Twitter, co-owner Rachel Silkock called for the eatery to partly explain why A Heaven For Queer And BIPOC Individuals, But SFPD chief William Scott responded with a reprimand. He tweeted that the department encourages Officers to protect businesses they are sworn to protect, and he found the restaurant’s action disappointing and discouraging. He said he believes most San Franciscos “welcome their police officers.”

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The restaurant received bad reviews on Yelp as well as social media backlash, SFGate reported, On Sunday, it responded with another Instagram post apologizing.

“We made a mistake and apologize for the unfortunate incident,” Silcox and co-owner Christina Lidags Compton wrote on Instagram.

“These are stressful times – and we handled it badly,” the statement concluded.

until Monday morning, restaurant yelp page An “Unusual Activity Alert” has been placed to indicate that consumer reviews may reflect opinions on the restaurant’s action rather than the dining experience. All reviews were temporarily disabled.

Hilda and Jesse restaurant, as seen from outside on Sunday.
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