When will it end?
Three parole officers in Franklin, Tennessee, were asked to leave a T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant on Tuesday because they were armed, according to WSMV-TV.
While in uniform.
The president of the Tennessee Fraternal Order of Police, Johnny Crumby, said that being in uniform, the officers are in effect, on active duty.
“The officers are out there to protect the public,” Crumby said. “If somebody comes in while someone is on their lunch break, they are not off-duty. They are still an officer. They’ll respond to whatever occurs there.”
WSMV Channel 4 Customers are banned from carrying guns at T.G.I. Friday’s, but law enforcement officers are allowed to eat while armed, WSMV-TV reported. The restaurant chain’s corporate office apologized for the incident in a statement:
The incident at our Franklin, Tennessee restaurant was caused by a manager’s misunderstanding of our company gun policy, and that manager has since been coached on the policy and now knows that police officers are always allowed to carry guns in our restaurants, whether they are in uniform or not. We have reached out to the officers to personally apologize for the unfortunate misunderstanding, and we’ve invited them back in to join us for a free lunch.
It’s encouraging to see the chain do the right thing, but the bad publicity T.G.I. Friday’s endured on social media as a result of the incident will leave be hard to overcome. Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
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