A San Francisco restaurant ‘Hilda and Jesse’ received a social media reckoning after asking three on-duty police officers to leave over the presence of their guns.
The restaurant is a breakfast restaurant in the North Beach area neighborhood, seated three uniformed police officers on Friday but said its staff became uncomfortable with the presence of “multiple weapons.”
The restaurant’s Instagram page said this was not a political decision and was made in the interest of their staff.
“We respect the San Francisco Police Department and are grateful for the work they do,” the statement on social media said. “We welcome them into the restaurant when they are off-duty, out of uniform, and without their weapons.”
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Groves of negative 1-star reviews blasted the Hilda and Jesse restaurant Yelp page over the weekend.
“I would NEVER give you a penny of my money or a second of my time. How dare you asked SF police to leave!”
“Refusing law enforcement because they were in uniform is all I need to know about this place,” one review said. “Will never step foot in there. Be sure NOT to call the police if you’re being robbed!! Don’t be hypocrites!!”
Another review wrote, “What is wrong with you? I look forward to you going out of business. You are a disgrace. Throwing cops out????”
By Sunday morning, the restaurant page had a 1-star rating with more than 460 reviews.