Earlier this week, a uniformed North Carolina officer was banned from entering a Kay Jewelers because he was wearing his service weapon (a requirement while in uniform).
Yesterday, the Iredell County Sherriff posted the entire incident on his Facebook page.
In the post he notes that;
“A uniformed deputy, while on his lunch break, was notified the engagement ring he had purchased for his upcoming wedding proposal, had been sized and was ready for him to pick up at Kay Jewelers located on Turnersburg Highway in Statesville.
The deputy took his meal break to pick up the ring and was met at the door by the store manager, who informed him he was not allowed to wear his service weapon while on their premises.
The deputy informed the manager he was in uniform and his marked patrol car was in the parking lot, and it would be a violation of policy for him to remove his service weapon while in uniform.”
The post goes on to say that the officer left the premises without the engagement ring that he had already paid for.
The post has since been shared over 8,000 times and has received over 7,700 comments;
The local Kay Jewelers store is located near the intersection of I-40 and I-77 in Statesville, NC;
Kay Jewelers corporate apologized for the local manager’s actions in the comment section, saying;
“Kay Jewelers is reaching out to the customer and the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office to sincerely apologize for the mishandling of this matter.
We have tremendous respect for law enforcement, and we thank the Office for bringing this to our attention. We will be sure to reinforce store training regarding our firearm policy with specific regard to uniformed law enforcement.”
What are your thoughts about the incident?