Three officers with the San Francisco Department were just booted out of a restaurant on Friday, because they were wearing uniforms and carrying guns.
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A restaurant denied service to three San Francisco Police Department officers on Friday because their weapons made staff ‘uncomfortable,’ the business announced in social media post.
Shortly after seating them, Hilda and Jesse staff politely asked the armed officers in uniform to leave, according to the post.
Hilda and Jesse says the restaurant is a “safe space,” and the presence of weapons prompted its staff to deny service to the officers.
Rachel Sillcocks, one of the owners of the restaurant, said in a statement, “Our restaurant is a safe space – particularly for queer and bipoc individuals. Furthermore, the fact that they were in uniform with multiple weapons on them made our staff uncomfortable, and potentially other guests, so they were asked to leave. We would happily welcome them off duty, out of uniform, and without weapons.”
“We’re sorry that the decision upset you. We understand your perspective and we hope you’ll consider ours.”
BREAKING: Restaurant in SF refuses service to two SFPD officers yesterday 12/3, stating their presence made staff (and perhaps guests) uncomfortable. Hilda and Jesse on Union St. Here’s their response: 👇 pic.twitter.com/7ujmJ2Ks0O
— Richie Greenberg (@richieSF2016) December 5, 2021
San Francisco Police Chief William Scott tweeted, “Community engagement is a core principle of SFPD’s 21st century police reforms, and we are intentional about asking our officers to support local businesses and get to know those they’re sworn to safeguard.”
(1/3) Community engagement is a core principle of SFPD’s 21st century police reforms, and we are intentional about asking our officers to support local businesses and get to know those they’re sworn to safeguard. https://t.co/nJsk4hy0tB
— SFPD Chief Scott (@SFPDChief) December 5, 2021
“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 continued.
“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.”
(3/3) 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.
— SFPD Chief Scott (@SFPDChief) December 5, 2021
Hilda and Jesse posted the following statement on Instagram Saturday:
On Friday, Dec. 3, three armed and uniformed San Francisco police officers came in to dine at Hilda and Jesse. Shortly after seating them, our staff felt uncomfortable with the presence of their multiple weapons. We then politely asked them to leave.
At Hilda and Jesse, the restaurant is a safe space. The presence of the officers’ weapons in the restaurant made us feel uncomfortable. We respect the San Francisco Police Department and are grateful for the work they do. We welcome them into the restaurant when they are off duty, out of uniform, and without their weapons.
In posting the statement, the restaurant added, “We respect the SFPD and what they do to support our community, however the presence of their weapons in the restaurant made us uncomfortable. This is not a political statement, we did what we thought was best for our staff.”
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Twitter users are responding, with many condemning the restaurant:
I’m uncomfortable with a gang of 30 thieves rushing the place robbing us and the restaurant. The presence of police are a deterrent. I’d feel far more comfortable with a police officer at my side at all times in SF with all the crazy crap going on there. We’ll dine elsewhere.
— The DUDE (@_El_Duderino__) December 5, 2021
So who are they going to call when they need law enforcement? Sorry sir, you need to come back out of uniform cause our customers are frightened by your uniforms.
— PontificAsian (@PontificAsian) December 5, 2021
I can’t believe that with all the crime going on in The City, a few people were scared of the people that protect us? So what are they going to do if a crime happens in their restaurant? Call the police?! What a joke. NEVER going there and will tell all my friends too!
— Lady T (@Ladytmdee) December 5, 2021
By asking the PD to leave, just because they were wearing a uniform & had their tools of their job the it appears the owners are doing exactly what happened to queer/bipoc for decades. “You make me uncomfortable so leave”
Which is/was very wrong.
hope they reconsider next time.
— Max Young is… (@maxyoung) December 5, 2021
So they are discriminating against police officers…funny how the group of “love and tolerance” isn’t loving or tolerant! 🤦🏻♀️
— Holly (@HollyBooBeau) December 5, 2021
SERVICE DENIED: This San Francisco restaurant said its actions are not a political statement, stating it did what it thought was best for its staff. https://t.co/VRd6aOJa76
— KRON4 News (@kron4news) December 5, 2021
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