On-Duty Uniformed Deputy Refused Service At Kay Jewelers For Having A Gun

Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell denounced the store's treatment of his deputy in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

Statesville, NC – A uniformed Iredell County sheriff’s deputy was turned away from a Kay Jewelers store on Wednesday because he was carrying his duty weapon, according to the sheriff.

The 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.”

Kay Jewelers’ corporate office had not returned any of the sheriff’s “numerous” calls as of the time of his post, he noted.

The company did respond to the Facebook post, and issued an apology to the deputy and ICSO.

“Kay Jewelers is reaching out to the customer and the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office to sincerely apologize for the mishandling of this matter,” the company’s comment read. “We have tremendous respect for law enforcement, and we thank the Office for bringing this to our attention.”

Kay Jewelers also said it will be reinforcing employee training regarding the company’s firearm policy, especially as it pertains to uniformed law enforcement officers.

Sheriff Campbell said he was still awaiting a call from the corporate office on Wednesday night, WBTV reported.

“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 said.

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 (92)
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TexasStrong
TexasStrong

Something is very wrong with this country and it's those idiots who think everything has to be politically correct. He should demand his money back and find a ring from one of the numerous ones offered. Guess this ruined his surprise for his future bride.

SaltySarge450
SaltySarge450

Well, guess I can add Kay Jewelers to my boycott list. Hope the deputy gets his money back and buys a ring from a company that supports law enforcement.

merlin9
merlin9

Get a refund, and find another store.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Guess they can call a SJW when the bad people show up and say "this is a robbery mofos".

Jenifer1947
Jenifer1947

has said manager been fired?? should be no excuse will do.

Grandmoi
Grandmoi

I wonder who the manager will call if the store is ever robbed? He does not want law enforcement officers in his store with their guns....so naturally, he will not permit them in the store to investigate any robbery.

gfc1963
gfc1963

No guns in the shop? Does that include bad guys??

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Lots of my birthday/Christmas sparkly things have come from Kay. Husband won't be shopping there anymore.

Bstn
Bstn

Manager @ this Kay Jewelers is pretty much telling every cop in the town to not enter when they are being robbed!! Stand down officers when this stores silent panick alarm gets triggered!!

mart00891
mart00891

Sooooo... They'd have refused entry to police, if they'd reported a robbery, as well?

Ryerver
Ryerver

If they have a robbery arrive at the store stand outside. When or if someone comes out hand them a robbery report form tell them to fill it out and mail it to the department.

Charlie$
Charlie$

He wasted his money there and should have went to Perry’s Emporium in Wilmington, NC. If it rains on his wedding day he’ll get his money back. That’s their guarantee

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Store apologized and apologized quickly and said they are doing retraining. That seems like it should be the end of story. Nothing to see here, move along, step quickly now . . . Instead we have a bunch of yahoo's on this thread that seem to want the police to retaliate against the store / boycott /etc. Maybe the store should just retract its apology and go back to the old policy. The idea that the police will stop a robbery in progress at a Kay Jeweler's is pretty miniscule anyway, and, besides police would hopefully respond regardless because they would (hopefully) care more about catching the robbers before they struck again at some other store or residence than they would about getting revenge on Kay's.

Retired_LEO_Florida
Retired_LEO_Florida

As a retired LEO I will find another jewelry store to shop at that appreciates the sacrifice that LEO’s deal with everyday to keep our citizens safe.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I hope they don't need help when they get robbed?!?!

Meat_Puppet
Meat_Puppet

I was informed by personnel at a local hospital of the same, no weapons allowed on the premises. I pointed out that I was on duty, they were unfazed. I decided to just tell them what room number I was heading to and they could send security up to get me if they wanted. No one showed up, apparently, someone had some common sense.

JBo
JBo

"... and we thank the Office for bringing this to our attention.”

Actually according to the story, numerous calls were placed to corporate bring this to your attention with no response or call back. It took a post on Facebook to prod the company that maybe they ought to do something since it went public.

LynnSB
LynnSB

So Kay Jewelers ~ should there ever be a problem at your Numerous locations the officers shouldn't respond because of course they WILL BE ARMED !!! What Dumb Asses -- I would tell them to take that ring and shove it so far up their A** that they would need a Proctologist to get it out

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

What about the thousands of people who have carried concealed guns in there stores...so silly.

Moktor48
Moktor48

I bet they would make exceptions after someone robbed them.

Da$
Da$

Wonder if the deputy would be invited in if this idiot was being robbed at gun point.

JRM1607
JRM1607

Sadly, there is no shortage of idiots in the US. It also explains a lot.

Jamest1148
Jamest1148

I hope that particular Kay's jewelry store never has a hostage situation. The police departments hands would be tied.

redpill
redpill

So, what they're saying is "if you support the police, buy your jewelry elsewhere." Oh KAY, I will then...

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

I am so freakin sick of reading these stories. I never thought I would see the day in this country when people were so disrespectful to the guys (and girls) that stand between the good, honest citizens, and the fu#$ers who want to rob, rape and murder them.

AbbiRN
AbbiRN

What is wrong with Statesville, NC? First the fight to have the local RV sales center to remove the American flag, and now this cluster f*** anti police stance ? I feel very sorry for the LEO's and non liberals in that community.

gmadison4770
gmadison4770

So if Kay Jewelers gets robbed, they can’t call the police and report it because armed Police Officers would respond 🤔🤔🤔🤔. They’ll never get a dime of my money 💰

island larry
island larry

I hope he gets his money back, goes somewhere else! So much for a surprise!! They would sue if he fails to show up for an alarm or failed to pay his bill! If he paid by credit card, he should dispute the charge, product not received!! The respect for law enforcement has gone down the toilet!! Too bad Facebook wasn’t present when a bank in Liberty, Missouri asked me for an ID to cash a check from their bank, when I went there in Uniform, with a name tag on my pocket. But then they also requested I put my thumb print on it too. Security procedure they said....... I guess the cameras weren’t enough?? I didn’t have an account there....... so I had to go inside to cash the check........ 😂😂 (But thinking back, a Facebook post back then, probably would have been “conduct unbecoming” ?? ). Best wishes, be safe!

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Should be great news for bad guys to know that no armed Officers or CCW Civilians will come anywhere near Kay Jewelers in Statesville, North Carolina. Maybe the manager should buy a tennis racket to defend the store. As a civilian - I keep a running list of these places. Kay was honestly on my list to visit to buy my wife a very nice ring. Not now. Never shop there again.

javaguy746
javaguy746

UPDATE........................... STORE MANAGER NO LONGER EMPLOYED BY KAY JEWELERS.......... TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BADDDDDD

Mrdan
Mrdan

Let's hope they never get robbed. I would tell them sorry we can't come in we're wearing our duty weapons

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

The likely scenario at Kay Jewelers in Statesville, North Carolina is a Kay manager with a poor attitude, ego and SJW views who thought he could overstep his bounds and not be challenged. Wrong. I would bet that Kay Jewelers HQ and its stores will be repairing public image within a 500 mile radius and over months once this story gets out more. Kay Jewelers should be suing that manager as well as firing him for all the damage that they will now need to repair.

ChasingYesterday
ChasingYesterday

I'm surviving just fine without Ben & Jerry's, Netflix, NIKE and a host of other businesses, I'll do just fine without Kay Jewelers.

artw44
artw44

That was my question, who has been fired? When you look at the whole culture of anti police, you have to think who is anti police? Criminals!

Judgesson
Judgesson

I use to patronize Kay Jewelry when I needed an item to commemorate my Anniversary, but seeing as LEO’s business is not wanted I’ll be glad to take my purchases to Jarred’s.

This manager needs more than retraining, he/she needs termination.

KaelWallace
KaelWallace

I generally do not agree with the tactic of firing people who make political blunders - even monumentally stupid political blunders like this one. People can be dumb, but I do not think they should pay for that with their livelyhood, and the food on their kid's table.

However, sometimes, it may be necessary, as a corporate self-interest, to fire people who do this. Not as "punishment". Again, I do not support punishing people for being dumb. If they want to be dumb, that's their business.

But there may be a lot - an awful lot - of people who will refuse to patronise that business so long as that manager is still there. In that case, firing him/her might be necessary.

Does that make sense to everyone in Statesville, NC, where this store is located and that manager is employed? ;-)

KaelWallace
KaelWallace

Well, THAT was dumb. A double threat. Announce that the cops who protect you won't actually BE there, while simultaneously announcing that it is highly likely that no employee in that store is armed.....

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Let the boycott of Kay Jewelers BEGIN!!!!!

Steve59
Steve59

I agree get your money back and let's put that business out of business.

Phillyguy
Phillyguy

There's a good idea. YOU WORK IN RETAIL, more specifically a jewelry store and you are discriminating against the PD? Yup, you'll never need them for anything (right?). I hope the officer and the department shops elsewhere for many years to come.

nolagal
nolagal

Unless Kay Jewelers gives that Deputy his ring and the money he paid for it, they have lost my business.

Aco1979
Aco1979

Sure am sorry this didn’t happen two weeks ago. I would not have made my purchases from Kay Jewelers. Custom made, can’t return them. Never again.

Watchman53
Watchman53

wait a min id as and law enforcement.-if they got ass rob who show up when you dial 9-1-1 police with guns need to limitate the brain challenge person

LAW169
LAW169

So the store activates it’s alarm during a robbery and this manager meets the responding units at the front door????? Idiot !!! I hope he enjoys his liberal unemployment. Stupid idiot.

Poodlemomma1
Poodlemomma1

BOYCOTT KAY JEWELERS. THIS MAY HAVE STEMMED FROM SOME MANAGER TRAINING THAT JE HAD ATTENDED????

Rayb
Rayb

Post a pic of this store manager! I like seeing what stupid looks like..

jerry 8842
jerry 8842

As a retired Deputy Sheriff From New York State, That is unbelievable. Hope this store does not have a problem while this manager is stilled employed! Company should reaching out to the Deputy and the Dept, with some sort of affirmative reply. Good luck.

DanoMontana
DanoMontana

Yeah, it is outrageous... But can a citizen walk in there with a gun? If I can't, why should the cop?

MarilynSnIL1
MarilynSnIL1

I agree with the others who say the deputy should demand a refund for the ring so he can go elsewhere and buy a ring where his uniform and gun are appreciated for their safety as well as the safety of all their customers.

ReneePerez
ReneePerez

That's a shame. I loved shopping there. Oh well. There are other stores that respect MY rights just like everyone else's.

coptoyz
coptoyz

It has become so easy for these Libtard Employees to inject their personal politics into the corporate persona. This manager knew what he was doing and should of been publicly fired and humiliated by the company, but because Kay's took the responsibility now all of the employees will have to suffer. Corporate bosses have become so pathetic and spineless. PC is lefty BS to control and manipulate others. Don't fall for it. Stand against it if you have any cajones left.

Jameswcarter
Jameswcarter

Not that I've ever shopped at Kay, but that guarantees that I never will. I hope the deputy got a refund and went somewhere else for a ring. Also the manager can call the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence the next time an armed robber comes to his store. (Oh, that's right; he can refuse to allow him to come in).

Rawhide44$
Rawhide44$

I would have told him right there to give me a complete refund and I would take my business elsewhere.

juandakrebs
juandakrebs

I wonder if the store was the victim of an armed robbery and they called 911 and a deputy showed up, in uniform and armed, if they would have told him he could not come into the store with his service weapon on.