A Cheesecake Factory In Washington Asked Corrections Officers To Leave For Having Guns

The Cheesecake Factory in Tacoma, Washington recently turned away officers from the state's Department of Corrections for carrying their firearms even though their uniforms and badges were visible.

"They had seated us in the back area," Miriam Nichols, one of the six officers, told KIRO Radio. "Shortly after the rest of our party arrived, we were asked to leave because we were carrying our firearms with us. They said they did not allow firearms in their establishment."

Nichols said it was the first time she and her fellow officers had received that kind of reaction.

"I was a little floored that it was even happening," she told KIRO. "This wasn’t the first place that my colleagues and I have gone to lunch … having contact with clients, offenders, the general public, while on duty. This is the first time we had this reaction."

The Cheesecake Factory's management has since released an apologetic statement regarding the issue.

"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," the company said.