A local bakery chain in San Francisco is refusing to service police officers in uniform because it claims armed police make “people of color, youth, and queer people” feel less safe.
The claims made by the bakery comes as business and residents flee the city due to a massive crime wave.
Crime is so bad in San Francisco that the California Highway Patrol and even the California National Guard had to be enlisted to help police tackle the growing violent crime in the city.
However, the Reem’s bakery chain, which has locations in San Francisco and Oakland, has decided to ban police from its premises.
The San Francisco Police Officers Association took to social media Thursday to blast the bakery’s decision to ban officers.
“NO COPS ALLOWED. That’s the confirmed policy of the bakery chain Reem’s. One of our officers was denied service last weekend because he was in uniform. Reem’s confirms that they will not serve anyone armed and in uniform. Presumably, this includes members of the US Military,” the police group posted on X.
In a second post, the union added;
“We are not asking Reem’s or any business with a bigoted policy to serve our officers. We’re asking them to own their discriminatory policy & and put up a sign so we know not to spend money in your establishment — on or off duty. We took the liberty of designing one for them.”
Reem attempted to explain its position in a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle:
“Reem’s has a deep commitment to uplifting social and racial justice in our communities,” the bakery blathered. “
This includes fostering an environment of safety for our staff and customers.
“In a time of increased gun violence — particularly impacting people of color, youth, and queer people — we believe that maintaining a strict policy of prohibiting guns in our restaurant keeps us safer.”
“Many members of our community have been impacted by gun violence, whether that be an experience on the streets of San Francisco or Oakland, having come from war or occupation, or having increased fear due to a growing climate of political extremism,” the statement continued, without any indication of what it meant by “political extremism.”
“All too often, Black and brown people and poor people are the victims of this violence,” it said.
“At Reems, we aim to provide a space where people can eat delicious Arab food and work together to strengthen our community without fear of violence or harassment.”
“We invite our community to step up and join us in creating that culture of care and resilience,” the absurd statement concluded.