Sunday May 31st
Took my mother-in-law out to TGIFridays (896, across from the UD fields) for her birthday. I was the last one to show up about 15 mins after they had gotten there. I was OC and walked up to the door. Two of the staff opened the doors for me and as I was walking in, the one guy said, "Sir, I can't allow you in!" I turned to him and was like, "Uh, and exactly why is that?" So he proceeded to point to my hip where my holstered S&W MP stood, proudly, boldly and then he said that firearms were not allowed... then points to a sign on the exterior window by the door. I asked himif that was necessary or if he had also made the Newark LEO leave his in his patrol car. He sheepishly said no and told me that it was the restaraunts policy. Then he started with the whole, "Well I believe and support the 2A..." and I just stopped him mid spiel and said, "Look, if you do that's great but go talk to the manager/owner and tell them to change the policy. I'll be back in a minute BUT the ONLY reason I am staying is because it's my MIL's birthday and they're already here and seated." So I went out to the Jeep and removed my holster... <- did ya catch that? I walked back in and the guy was scanning me pretty hard trying to catch a glimpse but there was no way he was going to find what he was looking for. Then I sat down and had to explain the whole interaction to the family who were seated in full view of the entrance. Everyone offered to pack up and leave based on principle but I told them not to worry about it as we were already seated and the drinks and appetizers had been brought out. On top of all that, the service was sub-par, they brought the cake out and sang before we were even halfway through our entrees, they brought the WRONG cake out, the waiter set the to go boxes down in my brother-in-law's and my food, right on top!.... the list goes on and I'm sending an email of complaint. I'm still deciding on what to say about their GFZ policy. If they need a LEO present for security purposes, then wouldn't a law-abiding armed citizen just make sense to have around as well. Too bad for their profit margin, they'll never have me around again!
Your life is made up of 2 dates and a dash... make the most of the dash!