+1 for the owner standing up for his customers, and reminding the overlords
they are not above the law.
Where did this particular officer demonstrate an attitude that he felt he was above the law? If he was being disrespectful, rude, loud, or trying to intimidate customers I could see asking him to leave, however none of that happened from what was said. I have never been asked to leave an establishment where my mere presence made someone feel unsafe. I have however seen far too many people complain about being kicked out of places for this very thing and hearing them rant about how they were wronged as there was no threatening behavior associated with just being armed.
My support is with the officer on this one and not the manager. I have had great interactions with LEOs while open carrying and don't feel the need to be hostile to them or generalize the bad actions of a few to all others.
Sorry SlackwareRobert, -1 for the owner "standing up for his customers". Thank goodness Starbucks did not take the same approach and kick us out because we made a few customers not feel safe!
Well if the owner allows civilians to OC, and not leo I would change my mind on it.
But I doubt that is the case.
I don't think the officer expressed any attitude, but the media by their 'outrage'
seems to think this can't be done, they should just report he must leave like any
other citizen when asked by the owner of an establishment.
Starbucks policy is to obey local laws, I don't see how an owner who bans OC
and insists on no exceptions is any different.
Maybe the owner had a bad childhood experience with leather belts and
authority figures. Possibly went in front of our spanking judge in Montgomery
on some jaywalking charge.
Common sense if you have a lot of less then stellar 'clients' would be to go out
of your way to befriend the local beat cops. But this is america and stupidity
isn't a crime.