S.F. Bakery Won’t Serve Cops, Police Union Claims. Store Says It’s About the Guns, Not the Cops

San Francisco’s police union says a city bakery chain has a “bigoted” policy of not serving uniformed cops.

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The San Francisco Police Officers Assn. wrote in a social media post last week that Reem’s California “will not serve anyone armed and in uniform” and that includes “members of the U.S. Military.” The union is demanding that the chain “own” its policy.

Reem’s says, however, its policy isn’t against serving armed police officers. It’s against allowing guns inside its businesses.

The union tweeted: “We are not asking Reem’s or any business with a bigoted policy to serve our officers. We’re asking them to own their discriminatory policy & and put up a sign so we know not to spend money in your establishment — on or off duty.”

Reem’s said in a statement to SFGate that its policy is to keep its employees safe by keeping guns outside of its businesses.

“Reem’s has a deep commitment to uplifting social and racial justice in our communities,” the statement said. “This includes fostering an environment of safety for our staff and customers. In a time of increased gun violence — particularly impacting people of color, youth, and queer people — we believe that maintaining a strict policy of prohibiting guns in our restaurant keeps us safer.”

The restaurant chain and the union didn’t immediately respond to The Times’ requests for comment.

The president of the union, Tracy McCray, disputed Reem’s statement in an email to SFGATE, writing that the bakery prohibited people “armed in a uniform.”

“That is not our interpretation of their policy. That is exactly what they said their policy was. That is what their employee told our officer,” McCray wrote. “And this is our point, if you’re going to have policies that discriminate against one group of people, then own it, post it publicly, and let your potential customers make the decision that best reflects their values.”

There have been other incidents in recent years when a San Francisco business has denied service to armed police officers.

Earlier this year, an employee at Pizza Squared in San Francisco told multiple police officers they weren’t welcome at the pizza shop, according to a statement from the business on Twitter. The cashier was fired; the store told him he was “out of line.”

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Comments

  1. These articles are important to show Americans what has happened to California – especially since Gavin Newsom wants to destroy the United States as president the same way he has helped to destroy California as governor.

    God Help Us!!!

    • IT ALSO SHOWS THE LAWLESSNESS AND DISRESPECT UNDER THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY RULE.
      THE DEMOCRATS HAVE RUINED THE ONCE GREAT CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO.

  2. I’m more than happy to boycott this establishment…sorry I don’t visit S.F. to do just that! Born and raised in this once beautiful state that has become so communistic!! Sorry you used Gruesome Devil’s real name as he doesn’t need to be recognized as a person!

  3. KEITH LEISSES says

    Perhaps they will change their minds when robbed…

  4. Too many times an armed invader threatens the customers. Often it’s an armed citizen who saves the day. But how much better deterrent it would be – the bad guy sees armed law enforcement or armed military, bad guy leaves. No shots fired.

    Sure, keep your employees safe by keeping guns out of your business – maybe a bouncer outside doing a patdown of every customer as they come to the door? That would work, for sure, nobody would be coming in and your employees would be out of a job when you go out of business.

  5. Can’t wait for them to be robbed by a gunman and they call the police who tell them they can’t help them because they don’t let police or military in their store.

  6. Jay says, Yes and Amen to that..

  7. Why patronize a business that doesn’t really want your business? I don’t think their “policy” would make a bit of difference to a civilian with a gun and bad intentions. Sounds to me like it’s the bakery’s loss any way you look at it.

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