Law enforcement officers are no longer welcome to dine at one Washington state restaurant.
The owner of Lucky’s Teriyaki in Sedro-Woolley, about 70 miles north of Seattle, informed four deputies who’d just finished lunch on Thursday that they were not welcome back.
They were told that customers didn’t like law enforcement there, according to a Facebook post by Skagit County Sheriff Will Reichardt. When the chief deputy called the restaurant to check, the owner not only confirmed the request but also asked that the message be spread to other law enforcement agencies.
How descpicable is that?
The request left Reichardt “speechless” according to the post, adding that the chief deputy “simply could not believe what he was hearing” when he spoke to the owner.
Comments on the Facebook page weren’t entirely supportive and ranged from outrage over the restaurant owner’s request, to anger at the sheriff’s office for “unprofessionalism” in “posting their personal grievances on public forums.”
The sheriff’s office defended the post after accusations that the whole story was not being told and that perhaps it was trying to run a business out of town.
“It was posted to confirm that it happened,” said a comment in response. “He told two deputies after they ordered, paid, ate, and were on their way out the door to not come back. The last two deputies believed there was a misunderstanding spoke with the owner. He said that customers don’t like us there (one had just stopped by the table to thank them). It was confirmed again, that he did not wish for them to eat there any longer, and he said yes again. He was asked, if he wanted the word shared, he said, ‘Yes. I will deal with it.'”
Many comments on the incident suggested the that sheriff’s office not respond to emergency calls from the restaurant in the future.
“Actually we will continue to serve and protect,” the office replied. “We will respond, because that is our job.”
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