On 6/4/2019 a uniformed law enforcement officer with the Iredell Sheriffs Department in Statesville, North Carolina was notified the engagement ring he had purchased for his upcoming wedding proposal, had been sized and was ready for him to pick up at Kay Jewelers located on Turnersburg Highway in Statesville.
The deputy took his meal break to pick up the ring, and was met at the door by the store manager, who informed him he was not allowed to wear his service weapon while on their premises.
The deputy informed the manager he was in uniform and his marked patrol car was in the parking lot, and it would be a violation of policy for him to remove his service weapon while in uniform.
Per the Sheriffs Office, this policy is in place for not only the safety of the deputy, but the general public as well. The manager stated the deputy would need to return to the store at a different time when he was not armed. The deputy left the store, without the ring he had purchased.
It is unthinkable that a store manager would refuse to allow a uniformed law enforcement officer to enter a store. As of 4 hours ago, the company has failed to return any calls to the Sheriffs Office and apologize for what their store manager put this Sheriffs Deputy through yesterday. Businesses around the country continue to discriminate and deny service to those that put their life on the line everyday to protect and serve their communities. Sign this petition and demand the store manager involved in this incident is fired and that Kay Jewelers and their parent company, Zale Corporation formally apologize for this incident and ensure all of the businesses under the Zale Corporation introduce training and awareness surrounding this matter so it doesn’t happen again. In addition, we’re asking for the full purchase price of the ring be refunded to the deputy.