Went to TGI Friday's here in Roanoke, VA this past Friday night with my wife. I was open carrying as required by Virginia state law. We finally got a sitter and decided to go for dinner and a movie.
After waiting thirty minutes for a table, I decided to go to the restroom and wash my hands. Upon exiting the restroom, the manager was there waiting for me.
He stopped me and told me that I would have to put my firearm in my car. I declined and told him that I would rather just eat elsewhere. So, my wife and I left and ate somewhere different.
It was really aggravating that he allowed us to stand there waiting for thirty minutes before he decided to say something.
This begs a question, though. If there are signs in a business' parking lot that say to remove valuables from the vehicle because they are not responsible for loss or theft, does this include when they specifically ask you to put something valuable in there?
For example, this particular situation. If the manager specifically asks you to place a firearm in your vehicle on his property, does he then take responsibility for it if it is lost or stolen?