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Olive Garden apologizes after Kansas City police officer asked to leave because of gun.

A hostess caught sight of Officer Michael Holsworth’s holstered handgun as he waited for his family and asked the decorated officer to leave the restaurant at once, he ranted in a Facebook post Sunday afternoon. “I never in my wildest thoughts would of thought this would happen in the Kansas City area.The president of the Olive Garden restaurant chain called and apologized to a Kansas City police officer who was asked to leave an Independence restaurant because he was armed, a company spokesman said Sunday evening.

I see it happening all over the United States to other officers, but never thought it would of happened to me,” he wrote after leaving the restaurant. The restaurant’s refusal to serve Holsworth brought on a flurry of outrage spearheaded by the city’s Fraternal Order of Police, which promised to organize protests outside the southeast Kansas City restaurant.

The employee clearly made a mistake. “It’s unacceptable, that’s what it is,” Jeffers said. “Olive Garden welcomes members of law enforcement all the time in the restaurants. The least we can do is provide them a great meal.” Holsworth posted to Facebook a message saying that he showed up at the restaurant to celebrate his birthday with his family. Holsworth earned his department’s Distinguished Service Medal in 2014 for being one of three police officers who shot and killed a burglar linked to a triple homicide, according to city records.

I posted on Facebook about the treatment I received because I did not want other officers to be subjected to the same embarrassing situation that occurred today. I ask that the media and others respect my privacy and devote their attentions to altering the general narrative about police officers in a more positive direction so this type of situation does not occur in the future.” An Olive Garden spokesman said the restaurant “follows whatever the local law allows as it relates to civilians” when it comes to conceal and carry.

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