According to a post by one the officers to the Corporate social media page, she and five fellow coworkers were asked to leave the location because three of the officers were in uniform. The General Manager, Will, told the officers that no firearms were allowed on the property, whether you are law enforcement or not.
Miriam Nichols, one officer present, sent a message to The Cheesecake Factory to address the issue. Nichols stated that the officers, three uniformed with duty weapon and badge visible, were asked to leave because of a gun policy. Will stated that no person carrying a firearm, to include on duty law enforcement, would be welcome to eat there. Despite there being no signs addressing such a policy, Will asked the officers to leave.
“I am local law enforcement and 5 coworkers and I were told to leave by the general manager, Will, of your Tacoma Mall location, because 3 of us were wearing our badge, gun and were visibly identifiable as on duty law enforcement. We were told the guns are not allowed whether you are law enforcement or not, they are not welcome. Everyone in our party were extremely upset at the lack of support we received at this location. One of our group members informed her husband who immediately contacted the establishment and was eventually routed to Will who told him that corporate has a strict no gun policy and that no person carrying a firearm, to include on duty law enforcement, we’re not welcome to eat there. When we walked in, no one in our group saw any sign that said no firearms allowed,” Nichols penned in a post to The Cheesecake Factory.
The Cheesecake Factory has replied to the Facebook post with, “Miriam, our policy is to allow uniformed and identified law enforcement officials to possess their service weapons on our premises. To the extent that there was a miscommunication of our policy, we sincerely apologize.”
Their reply was quite generic in comparison to officers being asked to leave their place at a restaurant. We hope that The Cheesecake Factory will issue an official statement and also gives Will a slice of humble pie.