Stella’s issues public apology after on-duty police officer asked to leave gun in his car

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich– Stella’s Lounge in Downtown Grand Rapids issued a statement on its Facebook page Thursday, apologizing for an incident earlier in the day when an armed, on-duty police officer was asked to leave.

In the statement, Stella’s wrote an employee asked the officer to either leave his firearm in his car or take his food to go. They say the officer chose to leave.

The restaurant also said a manager had misunderstood their firearms policies.

Stella’s says while it does have a policy in place that prohibits guns, citing it’s an establishment where people drink alcohol, they say that policy has never included law enforcement.

Stella’s said after learning about what happened, they personally reached out to Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky to apologize and reviewed policies with its employees. The restaurant also thanked law enforcement for all they do.

The Grand Rapids Police Department responded that Barfly, the company that owns Stella’s, immediately reached out to the department to apologize and assured the staff would receive the appropriate training. The department says they understand that mistakes and misunderstandings happen.

The Gerald R. Ford Metro Lodge #97 of the Fraternal Order of Police posted this statement:

 

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8 comments

  • JERRY

    WHAT KIND OF MORON WOULD TELL A POLICE MAN TO LEAVE HIS GUN IN CAR THAT JERK ILL BET VOTED FOR HILLERY OR BERNNIE THEY GOT TO BE BRAINLESS

    • Michael

      I had a bank employee ask me to leave my gun in the car once saying guns make bank tellers nervous. I was in full uniform and had stepped out of a fully marked patrol vehicle.

      I laughed and told her it’s the only 5 minutes of the day she can be sure she’s not going to get robbed. She acted offended and said that wasn’t something that should be joked about.

      The manager, who was listening, took over and apologized saying she would clarify bank policy with the employee. Some people just don’t have any common sense- or a sense of humor!

  • Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

    The manager is an idiot and deserves to be fired. Because if that manager can’t figure out that a police officer has a firearm with them at all times, that person is too stupid to be a manager.

  • LoveTheUSA

    I support law enforcement!
    Officer,, I am sorry that you had to go through this. You would not have wanted to eat anything they made for you anyway.
    I would gladly treat you to lunch anytime, anywhere you want.
    Please keep up the good work, the good people of Grand Rapids appreciate you, and all you do.

  • Robert E Lee

    Progressive fools!!! cops come into my restaurant in uniform W/ A scary GUN and they get 50% off there lunch. We support our local police. Im sure the idiot who asked the cop to leave was a progressive millennial or a BLM / antifa supporter. Either way this is the future, we need to stop the liberal progressivism. They are fools looking to bring down the western way of life and capitalism. Down with ANTIFA where ever they may be.