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Cops kicked out of Denny’s over guns

Posted at 4:41 PM, Jan 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-03 16:46:20-05

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KTVI) – Five police officers were kicked out of a Denny’s restaurant in Illinois for carrying their guns.

It happened on New Year’s Day after five plain-clothes, off-duty Belleville detectives went in to eat. 

The trouble started after another diner spotted one of the officer’s gun and complained.

A manager reportedly told the officers that, “either the guns go, or you go.”

And even after displaying their badges, the manager stood firm. 

“It’s absolutely a slap in the face [and] I totally agree it’s completely disrespectful,” Belleville Police Captain Don Sax said. “How can anyone think to tell a police officer you can’t be in here with your gun its absurd to me.”

In fact, Belleville officers are now under orders to avoid Denny’s restaurant unless they’re answering a trouble call.

Denny’s has since apologized for the manager’s behavior and said it is company policy to let police officers carry they weapons while eating.

Click here to read the latest on this story from KTVI in St. Louis.