VA police officers refused service because of guns

Published: Mar. 27, 2013 at 7:37 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 6, 2013 at 7:37 AM EDT
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MANASSAS, VA (WWBT) - A server at Buffalo Wild Wings reportedly refused to serve eight police officers, because they had their weapons displayed.

The Prince William County Police officers were on-duty, but were in plain clothes, reports the Manassas Patch. They were refused service by an employee who stated that the property was a gun-free establishment.

The officers had their badges displayed but still weren't served.

Scott Lupton, the general manager of the Manassas Buffalo Wild Wings location says the incident was a "huge misunderstanding." Lupton wrote an email to the police department to apologize on behalf of the business.

Lupton wasn't there during the incident, but was brought up to speed the next day after returning to work.

"… There is no reason why those officers should have been asked to leave … police officers are always welcome in my establishment and even though we do have a no gun policy, as a company that excludes off duty police officer," Lupton wrote.  "As a company we are community oriented.  We appreciate everything that police officers do for us."

Lupton tried to reach out to the officers to apologize, but had not been successful. Lupton said he would reach out to the police department and personally apologize.

Lupton said he went down to the Prince William County Police Department with an apology letter, but wasn't able to personally contact the police officers who visited his store.

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