After denying armed police officers to dine in their restaurant, a San Francisco restaurant was flooded with hundreds of one-star reviews after their staff refused to serve three armed police officers and asked them to leave.
On Friday, the staff had seated three on-duty police officers, who were thrown out by chef and co-owner Rachel Sillcocks.
The owners of Hilda and Jesse Restaurant apologized in a social media post published on Sunday following an outcry and calls to boycott the eatery because the officers were asked to leave shortly after they sat down Friday.
The restaurant owners said in a Saturday post that the officers were politely asked to leave because the restaurant is a “safe space and the presence of the officers’ weapons made us feel uncomfortable”.
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The officers would be welcome back to the restaurant in North Beach when they were off duty, out of uniform, and without their weapons, the post added. The post was deleted on Monday.
“We made a mistake and apologize for the unfortunate incident on Friday when we asked members of the San Francisco police department to leave our restaurant,” Rachel Sillcocks and Kristina Liegas, the co-owners of Hilda and Jesse Restaurant, said in the apology post.
“These are stressful times and we handled this badly,” they added.
“𝗪𝗲 𝗱𝗼 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝗴𝘂𝗻𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘁.”
I just spoke exclusively to one owner of Hilda & Jesse.
— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) December 5, 2021
“We understand how much the police support and protect the community,” Rachel Sillcocks added. “We want to again reiterate the fact that this is about guns being in our space, and we don’t allow it.”
San Francisco Police Chief William Scott responded to the blatant disrespect of his officers with kid gloves.
“The San Francisco Police Department stands for safety with respect, even when it means respecting wishes that our officers and I find discouraging and personally disappointing,” Chief Scott said in a statement. “I believe the vast majority of San Franciscans welcome their police officers, who deserve to know that they are appreciated for the difficult job we ask them to do – in their uniforms – to keep our neighborhoods and businesses safe.”
(1/3) Community engagement is a core principle of SFPD’s 21st century police reforms, and we are intentional about asking our officers to support local businesses and get to know those they’re sworn to safeguard. https://t.co/nJsk4hy0tB
— SFPD Chief Scott (@SFPDChief) December 5, 2021
After the incident, the said restaurant now has 1.2 stars on Google reviews.