I emailed Cracker Barrel regarding wanting to hold a Open Carry event. This is the answer...
Dear Mr. Sanderlin,
Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with all of us here at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. We're always pleased to hear from our guests.
Open Carry Policy
As we work to achieve our mission of Pleasing People, one of our top priorities is the safety and comfort of our guests, both external and internal. Because of this, and because it is our intent to provide our guests and employees with a relaxed, comfortable, family-oriented environment, we feel its important to review our open carry policy.
Simply stated, our policy is that we will not seat or serve patrons who are openly carrying or wearing firearms unless the patrons are law enforcement officers, security guards, or uniformed military personnel.
We look forward to seeing you in one of our locations again soon.
Guest Relations Representative
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc
There is a lot more to this and I expect I will be on another "DO NOT TALK TO LIST....now...but there isn't much of a story other than they are anti now (Chippers and LEO's excepted"...but this is Corporate on the phone.
I'll leave sleeping dogs lay as far as VCDL's source....It would cause problems and wouldn't add much.
anyway, this is the essence of it:
"I received a copy of a Cracker Barrel internal policy memo from a source who will remain anonymous. The nutshell is that if a store manager wishes to he can enforce a company policy against open carry, asking the open carrier to return his gun to his vehicle, while saying (according to the memo), "We're making this request in order to accommodate our guests and employees who may be uncomfortable in the present of a fire arm (sic)." I think they should ask the guests who are uncomfortable with someone else exercising their Second Amendment rights to leave, not the gun owner who is minding his own business! I'm sick and tired of all this faux concern about somebody being *uncomfortable* about this, that or the other. If a person is uncomfortable about someone else's skin color or religious dress, should the "offender" be asked to leave? I hope not. Anyway concealed carry is not at issue for Cracker Barrel, only open carry. Just an FYI."
Went to Cracker Barrel this morning - 7-12-11, as my wife and I have done for almost 4 years now. We ordered, ate, and got our check. All of the sudden, a man in a blue shirt and radio on his side walked really close to me and said in a calm and low voice - "I don't know if you are law enforcement, but if you are not, our store policy is no guns." I did not confirm nor deny the law enforcement challenge, however, I told him that he would loose my business because of it. This time around, it was almost like they were trying to rush us out because we got our check JUST as we were finishing up, and as we left to pay, the blue shirt man (Known as B.J.) followed closely, as if we were criminals.
Cracker Barrel Store #239
Jul 12, 11 @ 7:44 AM
Check closed at 8:10 AM $23.63
No more from us - Cracker Barrel!
Hum OC and CC in our local Cracker Barrel, local management is the deciding factor, so do we demonetize the whole for the actions of a single?
Hum OC and CC in our local Cracker Barrel, local management is the deciding factor, so do we demonetize the whole for the actions of a single? ...
YES!!! Although, as GS points out, such is not the case. The whole chain is anti-OC. Managers who do not follow the policy are subject to being fired.
BTW, I don't know how this would work in Ohio. They either have to allow carry, or the have to explicitly bar it. They don't get to pick and choose. If they post the gun-buster sign, you may not lawfully OC or CC. If they don't have the sign, any form of lawful carry is lawful in the store.
Back to the question: YES!!! Even if the chain allowed manager discretion (CB does not), spending money in a location that allows carry still lines the pockets of folks who have a policy that strips some customers of their ability to exercise the Right at some of the stores. Anyone who spends money at any CB, whether they allow carry or not at that location, is rewarding anti-carry corporate behavior.
hmm Cops are basically anti-OC, but we pay taxes....are we funding an anti-OC group?
Ive never seen a fast food place or restaurant with a GUNS WELCOME sign. So is every restaurant we go to Anti-gun at least in the Corporate levels?
most likely. I guarantee if you wrote any Corporate Big Wig about OC on their establishments from ANY restaurant, you'd get the same response as CB. So do we stop eating out?
Silly analogy. It is up to us, the People, to stop government when it behaves in violation of our rights. It is not a business we can choose not to patronize.
No. True respect for OC means to make no big deal out of it, whether one does it or not. Don't put up a sign, one way or the other. And don't bother me whether I choose to carry or not. That is OC-friendly.
I guarantee that you are wrong. We have written these corporations. Most have stated that they will follow the law. Check around the site. You will find that I am right and you are wrong.
Some corporations respect our rights. Some respect the dollars. Some just ain't considered it because they think it is government's job. Some are irrationally emotional when it comes to guns. Lotsa different reasons for looking at it lotsa different ways.
hmm Cops are basically anti-OC, but we pay taxes....are we funding an anti-OC group? Ive never seen a fast food place or restaurant with a GUNS WELCOME sign. So is every restaurant we go to Anti-gun at least in the Corporate levels? most likely. I guarantee if you wrote any Corporate Big Wig about OC on their establishments from ANY restaurant, you'd get the same response as CB. So do we stop eating out?
SNIP Off of the top of my head (no cites) Darden Industries (Red Lobster & Olive Garden)
Has Red Lobster changed their policy? VCDL still has them listed on the gun-owners unfriendly list while also implying that all Darden Restaurants are the same.
That being said, I have carried to both Red Lobster and Olive Garden without incident.