Manassas, VA – Virginia police officers were refused service at Buffalo Wild Wings because they carried guns into the restaurant. The eight law enforcement officers were off duty and in plain clothes. The police officers were reportedly told by a restaurant server that they had entered a gun-free zone.
Even though the police officers had their badges displayed, the Buffalo Wild Wings server still refused to take their order. Manassas resident Daryl LaClair was so infuriated by the B-Dubs refusal to serve the Virginia cops that he initiated a public awareness campaign about the restaurant chain.
During an interview with Patch, LaClair stated he wrote a letter to the company. The Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant General Manager Scott Lupton reportedly replied to LaClair, are referred to the police officer service refusal as a “huge misunderstanding.”
An excerpt reportedly taken from the B-Dubs restaurant general manager’s email reads:
“There is no reason why those officers should have been asked to leave … police officers are always welcome in my establishment and even though we do have a no gun policy, as a company that excludes off duty police officers. As a company we are community oriented. We appreciate everything that police officers do for us.”
The Manassas Buffalo Wild Wings general manager was not on the premises when the police officers were refused services because they were armed. Lupton also said that he hopes to speak directly with the eight Virginia law enforcement officers so that he can apologize. Buffalo Wild Wings gun-free zone policy at multiple locations across the country caused controversy earlier this year. A similar incident with armed police officers also happened at an Illinois Denny’s restaurant earlier this year.
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