A San Francisco police officer was denied service at an Arab-owned bakery because he was in uniform and armed with a service revolver.
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“We are not asking Reem’s or any business with a bigoted policy to serve our officers. We’re asking them to own their discriminatory policy & and put up a sign so we know not to spend money in your establishment—on or off duty. We took the liberty of designing one for them,” the POA said in a statement.
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A representative from Reem’s confirmed to Mission Local that the bakery has a policy of not serving anyone who is armed, including on-duty police officers. Reem’s prohibits guns in their stores.
“Reem’s has a deep commitment to uplifting social and racial justice in our communities,” a Reem’s spokesperson told Mission Local. “This includes fostering an environment of safety for our staff and customers. In a time of increased gun violence — particularly impacting people of color, youth, and queer people — we believe that maintaining a strict policy of prohibiting guns in our restaurant keeps us safer.”
The Arab bakery said off-duty officers are more than welcome to eat at the bakery — provided they are not armed.
“The policy is for armed officers, and we let police officers know that we welcome them back to our establishment when they’re off duty and unarmed,” they wrote in a statement.
San Francisco has become a war zone under the policies of anti-police lawmakers. So it’s beyond bizarre that the Arab-owned business would turn away law enforcement.
“That is not our interpretation of their policy,” POA president Tracy McCray told SFGate.com. “That is exactly what they said their policy was. That is what their employee told our officer. And this is our point, if you’re going to have policies that discriminate against one group of people, then own it, post it publicly, and let your potential customers make the decision that best reflects their values.”