A major restaurant chain’s decision not to serve a uniformed soldier, because he was carrying a sidearm, is getting national attention.
Bill Welch stopped at the Waffle House in Nicholasville, Ky. around 1:30 am Sunday morning in his uniform with his gun holstered, NBC affiliate Lex 18 reported. After he sat at a booth and ordered his food, a waitress signaled for him to come over. The restaurant manager was with her.
“I got up and I walked over to them, asked them how they were doing and stuff, and they said I’d have to take my firearm outside,” said Welch. “I don’t feel comfortable taking my firearm away from me. I always keep it with me and they said, ‘it’s one of our policies.’”
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Welch went outside and made his decision. “You know, if I can’t have my firearm, then I can’t be here,” said Welch. “I walked inside to the other waitress. I said, ‘thank you, but no thank you ma’am. I’m gonna have to leave.’”
He did not think about his decision much, but then he started hearing from people and organizations all over the country. It turns out that Micaela Shaw, a patron at the restaurant, had written a post about the incident on Facebook.
“I have a bunch of family members and friends who have been active military and in the military and retired and it hurts my feelings when people disrespect them,” said Shaw. “I just wanted to stand up for him.”
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The owner of the Nicholasville Waffle House responded in a statement: “For many years we have had a ‘No Firearms’ police in place in our restaurants. We continue to believe this is the best policy for the safety of our customers and associates.”
As reported by Western Journalism, a black man with a conceal carry permit used his weapon in self-defense earlier this year when he was attacked by three intoxicated white men at a Waffle House in Florida during the early morning hours.
h/t: The Gateway Pundit
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