by Bob Price 13 Sep 2014
HOUSTON, Texas — A uniformed Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper was asked to leave a Waffle House restaurant in Grapevine this week because he was armed. The trooper was wearing a Texas DPS helicopter pilot “field uniform” that consists of a DPS polo shirt, tan slacks and his badge and gun were on his belt. Trooper was asked to leave and not to return because he was wearing a gun.
Breitbart Texas spoke with Trooper Evans via Facebook Messenger. He said he could not comment directly to the media about the matter. From postings on his Facebook page, Breitbart Texas learned the trooper was on his way to work and was standing at the cash register when the manager of the Waffle House began yelling at him from the doorway of the kitchen telling him that he had to leave and he was not welcome back to the restaurant. Despite Evan’s explanation that he was a law enforcement officer with the DPS and he was in uniform, the manager persisted in his rant.
“So I just got asked to leave the Waffle House in Grapevine!” Evans said on Facebook. “Apparently my Department Approved DPS Aircraft Uniform is not welcome there. I was asked to leave by the management and was also instructed not to return.”
“They said it was because I was wearing a gun,” he explained. “I was in uniform, TX DPS Polo Shirt and Tan pants, with my badge visibly displayed on my belt. I explained to the manager that I am a state trooper and he said I still wasn’t allowed to have a gun in the restaurant.”
The reaction against the manager and Waffle House on Facebook was predictably angry that a uniformed police officer would be thrown out of a restaurant.
CBS DFW’s Bud Gillettreported that Waffle House said the manager simply missed seeing the badge on the trooper’s belt. They admitted it was inappropriate for him to chastise the trooper in front of other patrols. In a press release sent to CBS DFW, Waffle House spokesman Pat Warner said: