KANSAS CITY, Mo. (TheBlaze/AP) — The president of the Olive Garden restaurant chain has apologized to a Kansas City police officer after a restaurant employee asked him to leave because he was armed.
Officer Michael Holsworth says he was on duty and in uniform Sunday when the employee at the Olive Garden in Independence, Missouri, asked him to leave because guns aren’t allowed in the restaurant.
Holsworth says he was there to celebrate his birthday with his family. He says he thought the employee was kidding, but she wasn’t.
He posted about the incident on Sunday on Facebook — and it quickly went viral.
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· October 11 at 12:15pm · Edited ·
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So I was going to eat lunch with my family today (10-11-2015), we had decided to go to the Olive Garden in Independence off 40hwy and Noland Rd for my birthday lunch. They were running late getting there so I decided to go inside and wait for them. I walked in and sat down on a bench just inside the doors. As I was sitting there waiting, one of the employees told me " Sir, we don't allow guns in here." Now mind you I am in full police uniform and on duty. I actually thought it was a joke at first so I asked her " Are you serious?" She replied back with " Yes". So I told her " well I can leave I guess." She then replied back " yes please leave"
Now I never in my wildest thoughts would of thought this would happen in the Kansas City area. I see it happening all over the United States to other officers but never thought it would of happened to me.
Please share this post and let everyone know how this establishment is treating their local law enforcement.
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Olive Garden spokesman Rich Jeffers told The Kansas City Star that Olive Garden president Dave George called to apologize to Holsworth later Sunday.
“It’s unacceptable, that’s what it is. Olive Garden welcomes members of law enforcement all the time in the restaurants. We love serving them. They serve our community. The least we can do is provide them a great meal,” Jeffers said.