Calif. restaurant under fire after denying service to police officers

FILE - In this July 7, 2020, file photo a San Francisco Police Department patch is shown on an officer

FILE - In this July 7, 2020, file photo a San Francisco Police Department patch is shown on an officer's uniform in San Francisco. Law enforcement agencies across the country experienced a wave of retirements and departures and are struggling to recruit the next generation of police officers in the year since George Floyd was killed by a cop. And amid the national reckoning on policing, communities are questioning who should become a police officer today. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

FILE – In this July 7, 2020, file photo a San Francisco Police Department patch is shown on an officer’s uniform in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

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UPDATED 2:05 PM PT – Sunday, December 5, 2021

A California diner is facing backlash after denying service to three on-duty police officers.

In an Instagram post on Saturday, the Hilda and Jesse Restaurant in San Francisco said the presence of the officers’ weapons made employees feel uncomfortable and asked them to leave. The restaurant’s owner said the decision had nothing to do with the fact that they were police officers, reiterating it was only about them carrying weapons.

However, residents disagreed and said the officers shouldn’t have been turned away, even though they understand some may have a different view on the situation.

The restaurant said they respect the San Francisco Police Department. In addition, they said they welcome them in when they’re off duty and not carrying weapons.

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