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We have an update to a story that caused great outrage among our readers.
Kay Jewelers made a management change in their Statesville, North Carolina store after a deputy sheriff was turned away because he was wearing a service weapon.
“The store manager is no longer employed by the company,” Kay Jewelers posted on Facebook.
We were first alerted to the story by WSIC – our radio affiliate in Statesville, North Carolina.
“Our policy is that any member of law enforcement is always welcomed in our store at any time, as a customer or in an official capacity,” the jewelry store said. “We have tremendous respect for and closely work with law enforcement at all levels, and we thank the (sheriff’s) office for bringing this to our attention.”
The uniformed deputy had dropped by during his lunch break after he was notified by the store that the engagement ring he had purchased had been sized and was ready to be picked up.
“The deputy took his meal break to pick up the ring, and was met at the door by the store manager, who informed him he was not allowed to wear his service weapon while on their premises,” Sheriff Darren Campbell wrote on Facebook.
“The reaction our deputy encountered is very difficult for us to comprehend, and we earnestly hope situations such as these are few and are diminishing,” the sheriff said.
The deputy had informed the manager he was in uniform and his marked patrol car was in the parking lot, and it would be a violation of policy for him to remove his service weapon while in uniform, the sheriff pointed out.
“The manager stated our deputy would need to return to the store at a different time when he was not armed. The deputy left the store, without the ring he had purchased,” the sheriff wrote.
This story demonstrates the power of talk radio and the talk radio audience. Well done, folks. Justice served.