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Tenn. officers asked to leave TGI Friday’s restaurant

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Here is another story of just how confused some idiots in our society have become. Apparently even the heartland is not immune as we see from the story below.

 

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Three armed officers were asked to leave a T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant Tuesday after a manager said they were not allowed to have firearms in the restaurant.

WSMV reports that the Tennessee Department of Corrections confirmed that the parole officers were in uniform and carrying state-issued law enforcement IDs at the time.

Though customers are banned from carrying firearms within the restaurant, an exception is made for law enforcement officers, according to WSMV.

The incident cause a stir on social media and ended up catching the attention of Tennesee Fraternal Order of Police.

“The officers are out there to protect the public,” Tennesee Fraternal Order of Police President Johnny Crumby said to WSMV. “If somebody comes in while someone is on their lunch break, they are not off-duty. They are still an officer. They will respond to whatever occurs there.”

After an investigation, Friday’s issued an apology for the misunderstanding and said they had retrained the manager on their restaurant policies.

“We have reached out to the officers to personally apologize,” the company said in a statement. “We’ve invited them back to join us for a free lunch.”

The TDOC would not allow the officers to speak to the news organization for comment, but did point out that the officers left the restaurant quietly and peacefully when they were asked to do so.

Here is the company’s full statement, posted on Facebook:

“Fridays has a long history of supporting law enforcement officers and all public service officials – they serve a critical role in protecting our communities, our Fridays restaurants and our guests. The incident at our Franklin, Tennessee restaurant was caused by a manager’s misunderstanding of our company gun policy, and that manager has since been coached on the policy and now knows that law enforcement officers are always allowed to carry guns in our restaurants whether they are in uniform or not. We have reached out to the officers to personally apologize for the unfortunate misunderstanding, and we’ve invited them back in to join us for a free lunch. We regret that this situation took place and wish to stress our respect for the role that law enforcement officers play in keeping our communities safe.”

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Posted by TGI Friday’s Franklin on Wednesday, October 7, 2015
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