Two uniformed police officers were turned away from a local bar when they tried to enter to watch the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor on Aug. 26.
The issue started when a group of off-duty police officers and their wives reserved a table at Davenport's Ale House in Davenport, Florida, to watch the boxing match, reports WFTS. The off-duty officers were not in uniform and were allowed to enter the restaurant, but when two uniformed officers tried to join them, they were turned away at the door.
The wives of the officers were unhappy with the restaurant's decision to turn away the uniformed men, later posting on Facebook about the incident.
"[The uniformed officers] told them they had friends inside and security told them 'They make people nervous!!' I went nuts to be honest and went off on them even saying I would personally pay the cover charge if that was the issue. (I found out that wasn't later.)" wrote one of the wives on the Facebook page for Central Florida police wives and families.
The officers were reportedly turned away because security at the restaurant believed their presence would "make people nervous," but the owner later explained he was told by an employee that the officers were there to serve a warrant, reports WFTS.
"We are extremely sorry it was a misunderstanding, any law enforcement are always welcome at our restaurant," owner Danny Chopra said.
Chopra noted that if the officers were there to serve a warrant, he would explain it might not be the best time to do that. Had he known the officers only planned to eat, though, he would have made sure they were allowed inside.
"Oh absolutely, they could have come in, absolutely, 100 percent come in," Chopra said.
When the Facebook post detailing the incident went viral, the Polk County Sheriff's Office felt compelled to meet with the owner and employees of Davenport's Ale House to discuss the issue.
"We have been told by management that there was a miscommunication and misunderstanding that occurred and that they very much regret what happened," read a statement from the Polk County Sheriff's Office posted to its Facebook page. "I think everyone understands that management and ownership does not always agree with what an employee or sub-contractor says or does."
The apology might not bring business back. Law enforcement wife Crystal Nobre said she plans to avoid the establishment now after the incident.
"The men and women in blue don't get enough respect as it is and two days prior to that they laid two of their brothers to rest one city over and for an establishment to turn them away for dinner I'm not going to have that," Nobre said.