You’d think a business in a dangerous city such as San Francisco would appreciate those who ‘serve and protect’ to keep the city’s residents safe. But as one bakery has made clear, police are not at all welcome in their establishment.
Introducing Reem’s, a local bakery with shops in San Francisco and Oakland.
According to the San Francisco Police Officers Association, the bakery recently denied service to uniformed police officers, telling them they were unwelcome. And when asked about the business policy on such, Reem’s didn’t hesitate to confirm that armed and uniformed individuals are indeed unwelcome.
The San Fran Police Officers Association, naturally, has taken issue with the bakery, calling them out on social media.
We are not asking Reem’s or any business with a bigoted policy to serve our officers. We’re asking them to own their discriminatory policy & and put up a sign so we know not to spend money in your establishment—on or off duty. We took the liberty of designing one for them. pic.twitter.com/aITQFLOFG0
— San Francisco POA (@SanFranciscoPOA) August 24, 2023
As they explain, the main issue is not necessarily that the bakery no longer allows cops. But it hasn’t owned its discriminatory policy or made such known until after those in uniform are inside.
The union said, “We are not asking Reem’s or any business with a bigoted policy to serve our officers. We’re asking them to own their discriminatory policy & put up a sign so we know not to spend money in your establishment – on or off duty.”
The union “took the liberty of designing one” for the bakery.
Now, according to Reem’s, the problem their staff and management have with police officers is not necessarily their occupation, although they do have an issue with it. Instead, the larger point is that uniformed officers also carry guns.
Apparently, they feel weapons make many who frequent their establishment uncomfortable and even unsafe.
As they responded on social media, “Reem’s has a deep commitment to uplifting social and racial justice in our communities… In a time of increased gun violence – particularly impacting people of color, youth, and queer people – we believe that maintaining a strict policy of prohibiting guns in our restaurant keeps us safer.”
Even if vetted and ethical police officers or military members operate those guns.
No wonder the city has turned into a den of violence and thieves…