BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KTVI) – Five police officers were kicked out of a Denny’s restaurant in Illinois for carrying their guns.
It happened on New Year’s Day after five plain-clothes, off-duty Belleville detectives went in to eat.
The trouble started after another diner spotted one of the officer’s gun and complained.
A manager reportedly told the officers that, “either the guns go, or you go.”
And even after displaying their badges, the manager stood firm.
“It’s absolutely a slap in the face [and] I totally agree it’s completely disrespectful,” Belleville Police Captain Don Sax said. “How can anyone think to tell a police officer you can’t be in here with your gun its absurd to me.”
In fact, Belleville officers are now under orders to avoid Denny’s restaurant unless they’re answering a trouble call.
Denny’s has since apologized for the manager’s behavior and said it is company policy to let police officers carry they weapons while eating.