The co-owner of San Francisco restaurant Hilda and Jesse is defending their refusal to serve on-duty police officers by claiming that guns make them “uncomfortable.”
On Friday, the staff had seated three on-duty police officers, who were thrown out by chef and co-owner Rachel Sillcocks.
Sillcocks claim that it had nothing to do with anti-police sentiments, but just the fact that they were armed.
“It’s not about the fact that we are anti-police,” she said in an interview with ABC7 News. “It is about the fact that we do not allow weapons in our restaurant. We were uncomfortable, and we asked them to leave. It has nothing to do that they were officers. It has everything to do that they were carrying guns.”
I just spoke exclusively to one owner of Hilda & Jesse.
Rachel Sillcocks told me “it doesn’t matter what you do, whether you’re a security guard of a policeman”— they don’t want any weapons #SanFrancisco pic.twitter.com/yGog0Dym4M
— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) December 5, 2021
“We understand how much the police support and protect the community,” she added. “We want to again reiterate the fact that this is about guns being in our space, and we don’t allow it.”
San Francisco Police Chief William Scott responded to the blatant disrespect of his officers with kid gloves.
“The San Francisco Police Department stands for safety with respect, even when it means respecting wishes that our officers and I find discouraging and personally disappointing,” Chief Scott said in a statement. “I believe the vast majority of San Franciscans welcome their police officers, who deserve to know that they are appreciated for the difficult job we ask them to do – in their uniforms – to keep our neighborhoods and businesses safe.”
(2/3) The San Francisco Police Department stands for safety with respect, even when it means respecting wishes that our officers and I find discouraging and personally disappointing.
— SFPD Chief Scott (@SFPDChief) December 5, 2021
The restaurant now has 1.2 stars on Google reviews.