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Olive Garden Denied Police Officer Service, He Isn't Going Down Without A Fight

On Sunday, a uniformed Kansas City, Mo. cop was excited to celebrate his birthday with lunch at the Olive Garden. Although a hostess noticed Officer Michael Holsworth's holstered handgun, while he waited for his family, and asked him to leave at once.

After leaving the restaurant, Holsworth posted on Facebook “I never in my wildest thoughts would of thought this would happen in the Kansas City area. I see it happening all over the United States to other officers, but never thought it would of happened to me."

While it is legal to openly carry handguns in Missouri, the Olive Garden hostess told Holsworth that guns were prohibited in the restaurant. The city's Fraternal Order of Police president, Brad Lemon and Kansas City Police Chief Darrl Forte came to Holsworth’s defense in public messages aimed at the chain’s national Twitter account.

Forte wrote, "Facts are being gathered." An Olive Garden spokesman said, “Law enforcement are always welcome to dine (with) us — we heart serving them and have great relationships." The chain’s president, Dave George, has since called Holsworth to apologize.

In another statement on Facebook, Lemon wrote, “It's been an incredibly difficult day for our brother, and our entire family. All we ever ask is to be treated fairly and with the same respect to due anyone else. When we are treated poorly because of our chosen occupation, it hurts. It's not okay to treat law enforcement poorly. We deserve, and have earned, the same level of respect due to each and every member of society.”

Holsworth's Facebook post also went viral with over 5,600 shares.

Photo: NY Daily News

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