Here are the basic facts of the story. A female officer was refused service at a Kentucky Chuck E. Cheese and everyone is flipping out about it. Why is everyone flipping out… well, because that’s what humanity tends to do over small misunderstandings and squabbles of this sort.
Chuck E. Cheese reportedly has a no firearm policy and in thinking that they were abiding by their own rules, the employees working turned the officer away, though she was in her uniform, sort of.
However, the Chuck E. Cheese headquarters stated that the firearm policy does not apply to law enforcement, whom they claim are always welcome, including their weapons. The policy applies strictly to “civilians and off-duty non-uniformed officers,” as their statement said, but this is where the squabble sparks.
A small controversy arose among these civilians, who feel like they should be able to carry firearms to defend themselves from any incident that could and has already taken place at Chuck E. Cheese locations. It is an absurd argument that spills all the way over into something far more dramatic and I am sure someone, somewhere is preaching about gun control laws because of this incident at the house of a mouse. It is not that serious and in an environment where the population is mostly children, any old Joe Schmo off the street should not be allowed to enter with a weapon.
Another issue concerned what constitutes a law enforcement uniform, considering the officer was wearing a polo. Granted, the polo was marked “police” and that is normally recognized as acceptable. According to Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle, regardless if they are on duty or not, by law they are able to carry their firearms almost anywhere aside from federal buildings.
He also said he was very upset by this entire situation. “I was shocked for that officer and also for all the patrons there because you know if you have an obvious police officer and they’re wearing police clothing, then I don’t understand what the problem would be having someone like that with the training and experience of a police officer [coming] into an establishment.”
Again, someone, somewhere definitely has an argument about law enforcement and their training, but let’s keep this situation contained to the small misunderstanding that it actually is. For goodness sakes, we are talking about a Chuck E. Cheese, which probably intended no injustice, offensive, or policy-breaking actions. Hopefully, the next that officer wants to walk in to a Chuck E. Cheese and grab a slice, he or she will be able to do so.