Washington state restaurant owner bans cops, apologizes after backlash

lucky's teriyaki banned cops, said it was a misunderstandingThe hatred of police officers has spread nationwide, with the latest report from Breitbart.com saying that police officers have been banned from Lucky’s Teriyaki restaurant in Sedro-Woolley, Washington.

According to Breitbart:

When two of the deputies approached the cash register to pay there (sic) bill, the owner told them they were no longer welcome to eat at his restaurant, according to a post by the sheriff on the department’s Facebook page.

Sheriff Will Reichardt was stunned to hear of this. He had his chief deputy contact the owner to confirm the information. “The owner not only repeated the request but asked that we spread the word to other law enforcement that they were no longer welcome either.”

Sheriff Reichardt said he is not often speechless and that this incident took him by surprise. “Particularly on the heels of the United We Stand by our Law Enforcement event that was such an overpowering show of appreciation for our deputies and officers serving Skagit County,” he explained.

According to the owner, “other customers” allegedly didn’t like seeing the officers there.

Other media outlets tried contacting the restaurant but were unable to reach owners.

But, the Seattle Times reported, the owner apologized for what was called a “misunderstanding” and offered officers free meals.

According to the Times:

The owner’s son says it was a misunderstanding. The Sheriff’s Office Facebook page had an update Friday encouraging people to eat there, saying the owner and his son “expressed their desire to accept everyone to their business, including law enforcement officers associated with all offices and departments.”

But it will be hard to, as the mayor of Sedro-Woolley put it, “unfire that bullet.”

The reaction to the sheriff’s initial post was swift, with hundreds of shares and comments in the first 30 minutes and more than 17,000 shares and thousands of comments over the next several hours.

Naturally, some wondered why the Sheriff’s office made the incident known, the Times said.  Still others called for a boycott of the restaurant.

The Times added:

Jared Couch, president of the Fraternal Order of Police for Island and Skagit counties, said he supports Reichardt’s decision to make the Facebook post.

“It wasn’t an attack; he stated the facts,” Couch said. “He didn’t draw to any conclusion. I think it’s something that, with the current environment we’re in, I think it’s something people want to know. What is the real reason you don’t want law enforcement in your establishment? We saw the other night, we have an outstanding support for our law enforcement.”

Chief Criminal Deputy Tom Molitor said the Sheriff’s Office monitors comments left on its Facebook page and deletes and investigates any comments that are considered threatening or criminal in nature.

According to a report at KOMO, the owner broke down in tears over the incident:

Officers are welcome back, but the damage has been done.


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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