LAS VEGAS, NV- Once again, a business establishment has discriminated against police officers.
In Las Vegas, two overnight shift police officers, in uniform, went to The Lodge at Cactus near Cactus Ave. and Decatur.
In a Facebook post posted on a page for police wives, they say the officers walked into the 24-hour restaurant but were met by a bartender who was nodding his head and then motioning his finger that could be interpreted to mean “stop.’
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The two Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers asked if they could sit and order food, when the bartender on duty reportedly told them that the restaurant “did not serve you guys anymore.”
The officers initially thought he was joking, but then the employee emphasized that he was serious. The officers then left the establishment.
NEW: #13Investigates has learned two #LVMPD officers were denied service overnight Thursday at this restaurant on Cactus and Southern Highlands Pkwy because they were in uniform. An employee allegedly saying “we don’t serve you guys anymore” @KTNV pic.twitter.com/mEfc7es6Wc
— Joe Bartels (@Joe_Bartels) February 14, 2020
The union representing the two officers sent a letter to its membership Thursday that called the incident “disgusting and offensive.”
The director of operations for The Lodge apologized and says they welcome all first responders and have been serving them for over 30 years.
The union said afterward that that they accepted the apology and believes that the incident is isolated and involved only one employee.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan PD sent the following statement to the media:
An incident occurred on February 13, 2020 where two on-duty LVMPD officers were refused service at The Lodge bar/restaurant when they stopped for lunch.
While we consider this behavior unacceptable, we firmly believe that the refusal was an employee acting solely on his own, and it does not represent the viewpoint of the establishment.
According to management at The Lodge it welcomes law enforcement at its business. The involved employee has now been suspended from work.
The LVMPD has worked hard establishing relationships with its’ business partners in the community and the presence of officers is welcomed by business owners.
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However, by Friday night, things had been restored to normal, with the Metro traffic bureau and Nevada Highway Patrol posting photos of their DUI strike team posing in the restaurant.
They noted that the manager had welcomed them with “open arms” and that the “actions of one do not reflect the beliefs and support of others.”
This is another in a series of highly publicized incidents over the past couple of years where officers were denied service at coffee shops or restaurants.
Last year, at least Starbucks, one in California, one in Arizona, and another in Oklahoma were the scene where officers were refused service or otherwise made to feel uncomfortable for just being cops.
In Riverside, California last December, two deputies were denied service for an extended period of time at Starbucks. The deputies were ignored for five minutes before they were grudgingly served.
Two uniformed deputies say this Riverside Starbucks denied them service. The Riverside Co. Sheriff says the anti-police culture at Starbucks has to end. Starbucks tells @CBSLA the deputies were ignored for 5 minutes & apologizes for any “intentional or unintentional disrespect.” pic.twitter.com/Ar2Ap3Ne68
— Nicole Comstock (@ComstockNEWS) December 14, 2019
Last July in Tempe, Arizona, six officers went into a Starbucks to purchase beverages. A barista reportedly asked the officers to either leave the store or remove themselves from a customer’s “line of sight” because the customer “did not feel safe” with the officers presence. The officers chose to leave the store.
Don't appreciate @Starbucks asking our #Tempe cops to leave your establishment on the #4thofjuly2019. Several of those cops are #veterans who fought for this country! #ZeroRespect pic.twitter.com/oGaDKhlYX3
— Tempe Officers Association (@ToaAz) July 5, 2019
After the Tempe incident, Starbucks Executive Vice President Rossann Williams issued an apology to the police department, saying that the officers “should have been welcomed and treated with dignity and the utmost respect by our partners.”
Apparently, that “apology” rang hollow. Last Thanksgiving, an officer was picking up an order in Keifer, Oklahoma when the five cups were labeled “Pig.”
The coffee shop later fired the manager and apologized. Starbucks once again “apologized” for the incident, calling it “completely unacceptable.”
Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O’Mara says one of his officers picked up five cups of coffee today at the Glenpool @Starbucks for his dispatchers, as a thank you for working on Thanksgiving.
— Amy Slanchik (@amyslanchik) November 28, 2019
What is interesting is that in 2018, Starbucks closed more than 8,000 company-owned stores for “diversity training.” This was in response to the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia store in April 2018. The two men, who did not purchase anything at the store, were refused access to the bathroom. When they refused to leave, they were arrested.
Starbucks apologized for the incident (they seem to apologize a lot), which resulted in protests, online calls for boycotts and a demand to retrain employees.
The two men who were arrested subsequently reached a “settlement” with Starbucks, the terms of which are unknown and also the offer to participate in a college tuition program that offers bachelor’s degrees online. Seriously.
As a result of the incident, Starbucks executive chairman and former CEO Howard Schultz said that the company had adopted a new restaurant policy.
“We don’t want to become a public bathroom, but we’re going to make the right decisions 100 percent of the time and give people the key.”
Interesting. Starbucks closes 8,000 stores for “diversity training” after one store refused to let two men use the bathroom, but after consistent, repeated incidents where police officers are either refused service, asked to leave, or have “pig” written on their cups, not a whimper of any “sensitivity training” for dealing with men and women who protect their ass.
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