STARNES: Armed San Francisco Cops Ordered to Leave Restaurant

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There’s a restaurant in San Francisco’s North Beach that does not like police officers.

The other day – a group of cops was asked to leave Hilda and Jesse – that’s the name of the diner.

The owners posted a message on social media saying their restaurant is a safe space and they were very uneasy with officers in uniform – packing heat.

“The restaurant is a safe space. The presence of the officers’ weapons in the restaurant made us feel uncomfortable. We respect the San Francisco Police Department and are grateful for the work they do. We welcome them into the restaurant when they are off duty, out of uniform and without their weapons.”

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Seems to me with the uptick in robberies, any business owner in the city would welcome armed police officers in their establishments.

Police Chief William Scott said his department “stands for safety with respect, even when it means respecting wishes that our officers and I find discouraging and personally disappointing.”

“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,” he said.

The owners of Hilda and Jesse later apologized – but they did not rescind their policy – so basically they get what they deserve.

“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,” the owners wrote. “We are grateful to all members of the force who work hard to keep us safe, especially during these challenging times.”

Many residents sided with the police. They say it was disrespectful and foolish.

North Beach business owner Joseph Zira said he was disturbed by the restaurant’s decision to boot the cops.

“I hope one day, they don’t need the police, and don’t need help,” he told the ABC News television affiliate.

San Francisco is a war zone.

And even the granola-eating crowd understands that once the robbers loot Nordstrom – they’ll be coming after the juice bars.