Kay Jewelers Fires Employee Who Refused To Let On-Duty Deputy Into Store

The uniformed Iredell County sheriff's deputy was turned away from the store because he was carrying his duty weapon.

Statesville, NC – The Kay Jewelers employee who refused to allow a uniformed Iredell County sheriff’s deputy into the store unless he removed his duty weapon has been fired by the company.

“After learning of an incident involving a law enforcement officer in Iredell County, North Carolina, Kay Jewelers reached out immediately to the customer and the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, and we sincerely apologized for the mishandling of this matter,” the company tweeted on Thursday.

Kay Jewelers said that they welcome all law enforcement officers – on duty or off – to come into their stores at any time.

“We have tremendous respect for and closely work with law enforcement at all levels, and we thank the Office for bringing this to our attention,” the tweet read.

“The store manager is no longer employed by the company,” Kay Jewelers added.

Employees will also be receiving additional training on the company’s firearm policy, especially as it pertains to uniformed law enforcement officers.

The firing of the Statesville store’s manager came on the heels of an incident that took place on Wednesday.

An Iredell County sheriff’s deputy went to the store on his lunch break after being notified that the engagement ring he purchased for his upcoming wedding proposal was ready to be picked up, Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell said in a Facebook post.

He pulled up at the Turnersburg Highway store in his marked patrol vehicle, but was intercepted at the front door by the Kay Jewelers manager.

The manager then “informed him he was not allowed to wear his service weapon while on their premises,” Sheriff Campbell said.

The deputy explained that he was in uniform and on his break, pointed out his patrol car, and told him “it would be a violation of [department] policy for him to remove his service weapon while in uniform,” the sheriff said.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) requires uniformed deputies to carry their duty weapons “not only [for] the safety of the deputy, but the general public as well,” Sheriff Campbell noted.

But the store manager refused to allow the deputy to come inside to pick up the ring he’d already paid for.

“The manager stated our deputy would need to return to the store at a different time when he was not armed,” the sheriff’s post read. “The deputy left the store, without the ring he had purchased.”

Sheriff Campbell said he and his department are “deeply saddened” by what occurred.

“The reaction our deputy encountered is very difficult for us to comprehend, and we earnestly hope situations such as these are few and are diminishing,” he said. “Thank you to the citizens and businesses in our area who whole heartily support the men and women who wear the badge.”

“It’s not just an attack on this individual officer, it’s not just an attack on this agency. It’s an attack on law enforcement in general,” Sheriff Campbell told WBTV.

The ICSO has received a tremendous amount of support in the wake of the incident, including thousands of Facebook comments denouncing the way the deputy was treated.

Some other jewelry stores have even offered the deputy other rings, WJZY reported.

“We’ve had numerous rings offered through email,” Sheriff Campbell confirmed. “They are in total support of that officer.”

Comments (68)
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LunaMay
LunaMay

AWESOME 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Maybe the HR department should make it known upfront that the police and their service

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Glad corporate fixed the issue, as the manager handled that wrong for multiple reasons. although I'm sure the now unemployed manager will blame the cop for him getting fired, and refuse to accept responsibility for his actions.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Will be interesting to see whether the fired employee sues Kay Jewelers.

MFLindsey
MFLindsey

Would really like to see a picture of the store manager. (former)

Foundoutwest11
Foundoutwest11

I would like to hear the other side of the story, (see what his thinking was all about) The officer did right by walking away, shame all LEO's have to go through this. All I can say is back in the day life was a heck of a lot easier without social media, only news papers

yrsued
yrsued

What other side of the story?? The Manages screwed the pooch!! The department has regulations, the deputies have to carry their duty firearm when in uniform, that is their regulation!! The Manager is a MORON!!

Hunterriley
Hunterriley

Quick Question..was she the ONLY employee in the store at the time...if not.....ALL SHOULD BE FILED..this go to sensitivity thing is like actors going to rehab...ALL HAT AND NO CATTLE

yelyana
yelyana

Way to go Kay Jewelers!

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

I approve!!

Paul S
Paul S

Correct action by corporate. Former manager will have plenty of time to consider his ass hat move and probably come up with a zillion others to blame.

Theendisnear
Theendisnear

Thank You Kay Jewelers!!!

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Way to go Kay Jewelers!!! Now that's sensible! Corporate actually did what they should have!

Mrdan
Mrdan

In response to some of the finer people who have responded to burgers allday my thoughts are don't respond to this guy all's your doing is aggravating your selves n giving him a bigger head you can tell by his comments that the elevator doesn't go to the top just my opinion

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

This should have never been an issue in the first place. I wouldn't doubt that the "manager" knew that in the first place, but decided to twist his beliefs into some form of the company policy. It failed!

AlexanderKaras
AlexanderKaras

PERHAPS - mandatory IQ tests with a minimum acceptable score should be mandatory for any management personnel including of course all politicians as America continues its downward slide towards insanity. Pfffft

Wish505
Wish505

A wrong righted. Thank you Kay Jewelers for standing firm on your policies.

AlAmedak
AlAmedak

Kay Jewelers "we're being robbed at gunpoint"

ICSO "oh; that's scary...too bad you don't want unis with guns in your store"

Lexao9193
Lexao9193

Wonder how Kay jewelers feels about law abiding concealed carry permit holding customers in there store?...