by Chris Enloe
On Sunday, several police officers entered the Pizza Squared restaurant in downtown San Francisco. But, according to the San Francisco Police Officers Association, one of the restaurant’s employees told the officers they had to leave because “they were not welcome in the restaurant.”
SFPOA President Tracy McCray told KTVU-TV that officers had frequented the restaurant but had never encountered such anti-police “bigotry.”
The restaurant’s owners — Christina and Ryan Siu — took swift action, immediately firing the employee as soon as they discovered what he did.
The employee – who was described by other workers as “woke” – had only been working there a few days and was reportedly “furious” about the firing, and screamed at other workers before being forced to leave the premises.
The restaurant apologized to police on Twitter:
“This employee was a trainee & on his third day. When our shift manager told us about the incident after it happened, we expressly told him we didn’t share his views & that he was out of line. He was fired at the end of the day. When we notified by SFPOA, we apologized,” the restaurant wrote on Twitter.
In a complete statement, the owners explained:
Over the past weekend a trainee was working the counter when several San Francisco police officers patronized our store. Unbeknownst to us, the trainee mistreated the officers. We were since contacted by the Police Officers Association regarding the matter at which time we immediately gave our sincere apology for this unfortunate incident. The trainee was not hired because he was not a good fit. We at Pizza Squared want to make it abundantly clear that we would never refuse service to anyone based on their background, profession, race or gender. This is not political for us, we welcome anyone who comes through our doors with a smile.
The SFPOA praised the restaurant for taking immediate action and apologizing.
“We were pleased to receive an immediate response from the owners, including a sincere apology for their employee’s actions and a commitment to meet with the affected officers and make this unfortunate situation right,” McCray said.