Police officers denied service at a restaurant for carrying weapons, asked to leave

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Staff at a San Francisco eatery refused to serve three police officers and asked them to leave because they "felt uncomfortable" that they were armed, the restaurant said.

Hilda and Jesse, a restaurant on Union Street, posted about the incident on Instagram, sharing that when the officers came in on Friday, they were asked to leave.

"Shortly after seating them, our staff felt uncomfortable with the presence of their multiple weapons. We then politely asked them to leave," the restaurant said in its post.

Following the decision from the restaurant, many took to social media sharing their disagreements with the officers being denied service.

With the mounting backlash Rachel Sillcocks, the co-owner and chef at the restaurant, spoke with ABC7 about the incident saying that they only denied the officers service because they were armed.

"It's not about the fact that we are anti-police," Sillcocks told the station.

She continued saying that the issue was solely because of the weapons that the officers were carrying.

"It is about the fact that we do not allow weapons in our restaurant. We were uncomfortable, and we asked them to leave," Sillcocks said. "It has nothing to do that they were officers. It has everything to do that they were carrying guns."

The original post to Instagram said that the restaurant was a "safe space." In her interview, she told ABC7 that the officers were welcome to return if they did not have their weapons.

Following the restaurant doubling down on their decision, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the situation.

"The San Francisco Police Department stands for safety with respect, even when it means respecting wishes that our officers and I find discouraging and personally disappointing," Scott said in his tweets. "I believe the vast majority of San Franciscans welcome their police officers, who deserve to know that they are appreciated for the difficult job we ask them to do — in their uniforms — to keep our neighborhoods and businesses safe."

On Sunday, the restaurant took to social media again, this time apologizing for their decision to refuse service to the officers.

The two owners said that they "made a mistake and apologize for the unfortunate incident on Friday when we asked members of the San Francisco Police Department to leave our restaurant."

They continued saying they hoped this would be a "teachable moment" for them to "repair and continue to build bridges" with the department.

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