The San Francisco Police Officer Association (SPOA) has responded to a local bakery’s recent refusal to serve one of its officers.
No Service for Armed Officers
The bakery enforces a policy denying service to individuals “armed and in a uniform.” SPOA President Lt.
A Call for Transparency in Communication
Tracy McCray criticized the policy, stating that it is clearly targeted at police officers and calls for transparency in communication.
Cop Came in After a 16-Hour Shift
Last week, Reem’s California, an Arab bakery and restaurant, declined service to an on-duty officer who had just completed a 16-hour shift and was working overtime at an event.
Don’t Serve Those ‘Armed and in Uniform’
An employee informed the officer that the bakery does not serve customers who are “armed and in uniform,” as reported by SPOA.
Sent an Email Asking About the Policy
In response, McCray reached out to the bakery via email to inquire about the policy.
They Confirmed This Is Their Policy
A spokesperson for Reem’s responded, confirming the establishment’s policy of not serving individuals in uniform who are armed.
They Can Come When off Duty
The spokesperson suggested that officers are welcome to visit when off duty and unarmed.
The Officer Said They Should Have a Sign
McCray also requested that Reem display a sign regarding this policy to inform officers. However, the bakery did not provide any response to this request.
They’re Committed to Social Justice
In a subsequent statement shared on Instagram, Reem emphasized its commitment to promoting social and racial justice and they’re Concerned About Gun Violence.
Citing Concerns About Gun Violence
The statement justified the policy by citing concerns about gun violence and the safety of staff and customers.
They Maintain Strict No-Gun Policy
It argued that maintaining a strict no-gun policy contributes to a safer environment, particularly given the impact of gun violence on marginalized communities.
Reem Confirmed ‘No Cops Allowed’ Policy
McCray criticized Reem’s statement as insincere, given the brevity of the email response that essentially confirmed a “no cops allowed” policy. She questioned the practicality of enforcing such a policy and whether it relies on an honor system.
This Isn’t an Isolated Incident
Reem’s is not the first business in San Francisco to refuse service to police officers.
Their Business Is a “Safe Space”
Other establishments, such as the restaurant Hilda and Jesse, have also turned away officers in the past, citing their business as a “safe space.” Additionally, a pizza shop dismissed an employee for denying service to several officers.
Police Department Speaks Out
The San Francisco Police Department acknowledged that businesses have the right to determine their clientele within legal boundaries.
Police Say They Want to Ensure Safety
The department reiterated its commitment to ensuring the safety of all residents, businesses, and visitors, regardless of their identity.
The Bakery Is Now Temporarily Closed
As of the publication date, Reem’s has not responded to requests for comment. The bakery is temporarily closed until September 5th.
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