A popular street food restaurant and bakery chain will not serve police officers!
A spokesperson from the San Francisco Police Officers Association shared a Twitter post claiming that Reem’s California refused to serve a cop last weekend as part of their company policy. “NO COPS ALLOWED. That’s the confirmed policy of the bakery chain Reem’s,” the tweet read. “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 U.S. Military.”
In a follow-up post, the association 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 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. pic.twitter.com/aITQFLOFG0— San Francisco POA (@SanFranciscoPOA) August 24, 2023
In a statement to San Francisco Gate, a spokesperson from Reem’s said the company has a deep commitment to uplifting social and racial justice in their communities. “This includes fostering an environment of safety for our staff and customers,” it continued. “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.”
The local Arab company added, “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. All too often, Black and brown people, and poor people are the victims of this violence. At Reem’s, 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.” See related posts below.
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