A story about a Kentucky waffle house that refused service to a uniformed, armed U.S. soldier is going viral on social media outlets this week.
According to this story from the local NBC affiliate, a National Guardsman was told to leave his gun outside the Nicholasville Waffle House Sunday morning when he stopped there for breakfast, or he wouldn't be served.
Billy Welch said he ordered food with his pistol holstered on his hip, in uniform. Then the waitress and manager signaled for him to come speak with them.
"I got up and walked over to them, asked them how they were doing and stuff, and they said I'd have to take my firearm outside," said Welch. "I don't feel comfortable taking my firearm away from me. I always keep it with me and they said, 'It's one of our policies.'"
"I have a bunch of family members and friends who have been active military, and in the military and retired, and it hurts my feelings when people disrespect them," said Micaela Shaw, who was sitting nearby and overheard the interaction between the waitress and Welch. "I just wanted to stand up for him."
Her posts were the ones that initially went viral.
The Waffle House owner made a statement, according to the story: "For many years we have had a 'No Firearms' policy in place in our restaurants. We continue to believe this is the best (policy) for the safety of our customers and associates."