punkndisorderly wrote:Stories like this always make me wonder what the WHOLE story is. Taken at face value, yup pretty stupid.
I have a feeling there's more to it. Maybe the manager had a run in with these cops recently. Still stupid, but makes sense.
Maybe the cops were being jerks (they are people) and that was his excuse.
Maybe they had a history of stiffing the servers.
Maybe they didn't bother to tell the manager "Hey, we're cops. We HAVE to carry."
Maybe it was just a huge misunderstanding and is being blown out of proportions.
Perhaps. I looked at reports from about a dozen different news agencies on this matter and found little to explore the customer complaint on which the Denny's manager's actions were taken. One story said that the customer "was offended" by the sight of the guns.
In our PC society, one person being offended does seem to drive situations like this. Almost every ridiculous news story that I read, it starts with "one person complained." While I certainly acknowledge individual rights, the complaint from a single person should not be used to drive business or governmental policy.
I know people who are offended by guns. I suspect that their being offended extends to police and that they would have a heart attack if they saw a private citizen with a firearm in public. As long as society continues to feed this sort of paranoia, we will have an uphill battle in OC or Constitutional carry situations, never mind with LEOs.