Popular family entertainment center and restaurant, Chuck E. Cheese’s, has apologized after a Kentucky employee went to the extreme in enforcing the company’s “no gun” policy.
In a report Friday, WBKO said the incident happened when a female officer went into the Bowling Green location wearing a police polo, carrying her firearm, and was refused service.
“I was upset,” Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle told the station. “I was shocked for that officer and also for all the patrons there because you know if you have an obvious police officer and they’re wearing police clothing, then I don’t understand what the problem would be having someone like that with the training and experience of a police officer into an establishment.”
Doyle said that Kentucky law allows officers to carry concealed and, although the officer was wearing a police issued polo and not a full uniform, it shouldn’t have been an issue.
“I’ve seen Bowling Green officers in polos many times in my history working in law enforcement, and obviously I recognize that person as a sworn employee,” he said.
But the company said it was simply a case of an employee not understanding the policy.
“Our firearms policy does not apply to officers in uniform,” Chuck E. Cheese’s headquarters Public Relations Chair Alexis Lynn told WBKO. “We do have a firearms policy for civilians and off duty non-uniformed officers, but officers in uniform are always welcome to bring in their firearms.”
That explanation was not good enough for everyone.
“That’s a training issue. I think that, that one mistake in this day and time can make a huge difference on a business and they need to understand that can hurt them badly,” Kentucky Conceal and Carry Instructor Deborah Williams said.
Doyle, however, is satisfied with the company’s explanation and plans to continue to patronize the establishment.
“Chuck E. Cheese’s is a great establishment, been around a long time and like I said my family we go to Chuck E. Cheese’s on a regular basis and I’m not going to say I’m never going to go since they’ve corrected this issue and they’ve come out with what their actual policy is, that’s fine I’m not going to boycott that restaurant,” he said. “But everybody needs to be aware of what the laws are and everybody needs to understand that somebody who is trained and qualified to carry a weapon, they’re there to help people.”
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