See bold... am I missing something? Which is it, always or recently?Following a long, uneventful day at the Western Idaho Fair with a couple of friends on monday the 23rd, we decided to wind down by grabbing some desert and chatting at the Shari's at 8121 W Chinden Blvd. Upon being seated, one of our party visited the restroom. Our server came over to see if he could get us anything to drink but we opted to wait till our party member returned to order. Shortly after she returned, our friendly server came back and sheepishly asked if my sidearm was real and informed me that it was their policy that only law enforcement and security were permitted to carry in their restaurants. He was very apologetic, and when questioned further, could not provide definitive answers. Instead, he informed me that he wasn't entirely sure of what he was saying.
I assured him that I didn't hold anything against him and that I knew he was just doing his job, and then I requested to speak to the manager. He told me that they were quite busy and he couldn't promise that she would make it over quickly. I told him it was fine, and that I'd wait. A few minutes later, a lady came over and stood by our table without so much as a greeting. I asked her EXACTLY what the Shari's corporate policy was. Her response was simply "We don't allow guns". I asked her when this policy had come about, as I've carried into nearly every Shari's in the area many many times over the past three years without hearing so much as a peep about this. She informed me that it had always been the policy. When I inquired why I'd never heard of that till now, she told me it had just been enacted recently. I finally requested this policy in writing to pass on to friends and acquaintances, she replied with "Sure, just call corporate.". I told her it's not my job to prove Shari's policy, and she merely shrugged, told me I needed to leave, and walked off.
Our server returned and continued to apologise for the inconvenience and I assured him he was fine, shook his hand and wished him a good night. We took our business up the hill to an Ihop.