Originally Posted by Ray
Before everyone rushes off to boycott Denny's, do remember this was a single restaurant (in Belleville Illinois), not the entire Denny's restaurant chain. Most of the Denny's restaurants are franchisee-owned, meaning the franchise owner, not the Denny's Corporation, sets restaurant policies outside those agreed in the franchise contract. To boycott other restaurants would be to punish those businesses (and their employees) for something they had absolutely no involvement in.
Originally Posted by Gelo760
My bad . I thought I seen that . Same here . Detectives usually wear suits . Their badge is usually on their waste somewhere . I'd like to have seen the badges visible atleast .
If you click on the "source
" link under the article (or here
), you'll see the (plain clothes) detectives were on-duty (in the middle of their meal), with their badges in full view, either by their handguns or worn around their necks. There were also portable police radios on the table. Even after the officers explained they were cops, they were still told they could not carry their weapons in the business. As the officers were leaving, a second manager showed up and told the officers they could stay (with their weapons). The officers, feeling they had already caused enough of a disturbance, decided to leave anyway.
Denny's immediately released a statement saying in part “Denny’s policy permits law enforcement officials to carry their firearms in the restaurant and we regret any misunderstanding.” An official from the Denny’s franchise met with police and assured them Denny’s welcomes any law enforcement officer to carry their weapons while inside a Denny’s. The restaurant called the situation a “misunderstanding.” As a result, Belleville Police Chief William Clay lifted the ban keeping on-duty officers away from the Denny’s restaurant.