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San Francisco Restaurant Owners Who Ejected Armed Police Officers Now Eating Crow

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:29 am

The feel-good story of the week:

Over the weekend, Hilda and Jesse, a new all-day breakfast spot in North Beach, refused to serve three members of the San Francisco Police Department, as now reported by multiple media outlets, and even Fox. The restaurant’s owners originally posted on Instagram, saying that on Friday, December 3, they seated three police officers in uniform, but that “our staff felt uncomfortable with the presence of their multiple weapons,” and that they “politely asked them to leave.” Chief of police William Scott responded on Twitter, saying he encourages officers to support local businesses and respects the wishes of the restaurant, even though he found them “discouraging and personally disappointing.”

How did that work out for them? Shockingly, for once the social media backlash ran in the correct direction:

The restaurant received a social media storm: As of publication time, even though it only opened a little more than a month ago, Hilda and Jesse has received nearly a thousand reviews on Yelp, with a one-star rating average. The page is currently frozen due to unusual activity. The owners subsequently apologized on Instagram, saying “we made a mistake” and “handled this badly,” and apologized to the SFPD. In an interview with ABC7, co-owner Rachel Sillcocks said, “It’s not about the fact that we are anti police. It’s about the fact that we do not allow weapons in our restaurant. We were uncomfortable, and so we politely asked them to leave. It has nothing to do with the fact that they were officers, and everything to do with the fact that they were carrying guns.”

I found the reference to “the fact that we are anti police” interesting, but never mind that. My question is: if this was about the safety of your employees, and not about preening . . . why did you boast about it on Instagram?

Lady, you thought you were going to be applauded for this. After all, your restaurant is located in San Francisco. But apparently, a city tired of smash-and-grabs and a defense attorney for a D.A. had a different thought.

Gee. That’s too bad.

The apology is insincere. I will not be eating at this place. And I am not a big fan of mob tactics, including social media mob tactics. That said, if a mob is going to form, I am heartened (and surprised) to see a social media mob with common sense.

45 Responses to “San Francisco Restaurant Owners Who Ejected Armed Police Officers Now Eating Crow”

  1. i’ve been told we’re not supposed to care about the culture war

    JF (e1156d)

  2. Eating crow isn’t that bad, but you must use the right marinade.

    alanstorm (09fdaa)

  3. you must use the right marinade.

    And a Thai spicy sweet glaze, and dipping sauce

    steveg (e81d76)

  4. Virtue signalling/advertising on Instagram was totally on brand, and dumb economically. The defund police movement quickly changed to re-imagine police, to todays “take some of our Biden COVID bucks and hire some cops!”

    You can’t make a living selling breakfast to antifa and BLM because they think breakfast should be free. You can sell overpriced breakfast to fellow virtue signallers, but they don’t want to be robbed while eating, or to go out to their ebike and find it stolen (again) or find their Tesla with smashed windows and the car rifled (again). They aren’t all bright enough to make the connection, but their primitive brain will eventually kick in and move them to a breakfast spot in a safer neighborhood.

    steveg (e81d76)

  5. They need to hire a Greek to run the place while they stay in the kitchen and cook.

    nk (1d9030)

  6. And, having advertised themselves as weapons-free, they become a target for the next mass rule-breaker.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  7. I can’t be bothered to look it up, but if Chicago has a law that forbids discrimination on the basis of lawful source of income, so does San Francisco. It’s the bluecoats they didn’t want, but they can’t say so. So it’s “the gubs”.

    nk (1d9030)

  8. Why would they care? They have 81 million people on their side.

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  9. If a police call is ever made from that location, I suspect the SFPD will be busy with other smash-and-grabs and such. Might take days to get there.
    The proprietors are not good businesspeople.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  10. 8, Buduh, even in the deep blue city of SanFrancisco this type of things isn’t popular. It’s likely that most Biden voters also think these people are clowns.

    Time123 (92fa02)

  11. The following are all true

    1 online mobs are bad and shouldn’t be encouraged.
    2 these ppl are clowns.
    3 I have a hard time feeling any sympathy for the owners of this restaurant

    Time123 (92fa02)

  12. Why is that “likely?”

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  13. Buduh, because of this type of preening doesn’t work in far left SF it’s likely to be unpopular broadly.

    Time123 (92fa02)

  14. Most important issue in your vote for president

    Crime and safety

    Trump 71% Biden 27%

    Anti-cop Bidenista voters are plentiful. They owners of the restaurant should step up.

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  15. Apparently their aren’t enough of them in SanFrancisco for this pair of clowns. Maybe they should find a more liberal area.

    Time123 (92fa02)

  16. Also the fact that Crime was the most important issue for more than 1/4 of Biden voters doesn’t imply that Biden voters are generally anti-police.

    Time123 (92fa02)




    Seems like the market embraces Anti Cop businesses.

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  18. Doesn’t sound like these restaurant owners would eat any sort of meat, so no crow for them.

    Hoi Polloi (ade50d)

  19. OT: Supreme Court hears important religious freedom case.

    Can public vouchers be limited to schools teaching secular humanism, or must more religions be included?

    Slate sees disaster: The Supreme Court’s New Religious Liberty Case Could Destroy Public Education

    A conservative supermajority may soon force states to fund Christian schools that indoctrinate students with hate.

    So does Vox: The religious right wants states’ tax dollars, and the Supreme Court is likely to agree

    An emboldened religious right wants the public to pay for its schools.

    C-Span audio

    Me, I favor separation of school and state for much the same reason that I favor separation of church and state, namely the state cannot resist the temptation of indoctrinating young minds, and waht is taught as “secular” these days is pretty dogmatic.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  20. Should weapons-handling be a required course in high school? For the well-regulated militia, of course.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  21. Buduh, honestly my point was “this type of crappy behavior isn’t even welcome in a far lefty city.” Which I’d thought would be good news. But I guess not.

    Time123 (92fa02)

  22. I don’t see how you can defend a leftist city.

    BuDuh (4a7846)

  23. @22 I don’t see how you can read my comments as doing that.

    Time123 (92fa02)

  24. @23 your comments are making claims about a leftist city that are unsupported

    your motivation is open to interpretation

    JF (e1156d)

  25. Latest poll latinx evenly split between democrats and republican for 2022 elections. Democrat party panders to black women voters who will vote for safe corporate establishment democrats like pelosi, biden and clinton. Latinx can see how democratic party treats AOC and other young militant latinx. Msdnc and clinton news network put on blacks and only safe non-militant latinx when they can find them.

    asset (1e8bc8)

  26. I found the reference to “the fact that we are anti police” interesting, but never mind that.

    It’s fairly commonplace for people to say “the fact that” when they really mean something like “the notion that,” as what follows is pretty obviously something they intend to be taken as counterfactual. It’s weird, given that a “fact” has a widely though of as something true.

    So I might allow a bit indulgence on the usage issue, though in this case it could be unintentionally revealing.

    Radegunda (238c32)

  27. asset was perplexed the other day when he called on all Latinx to follow him into the Revolution, and they either threw bricks at him or asked what this Latin-x-y thing was he was talking about…

    Appalled (1a17de)

  28. I don’t see how you can defend a leftist city.

    Because we don’t have to live there. Let SF be SF, and let Texas be Texas.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  29. @27: Indeed. Most Latin men and women I know don’t like to be degendered.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  30. New woke credo: The wishes of the few, or the one, outweigh the wishes of the many.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  31. The transgender issue is being pushed at the expense of black/latinx issues as gay white democrats have taken a higher percentage of positions in the democrat party and media then their actual numbers warrant. White liberals prefer non threatening gay power to a more populist working class of all races.

    asset (1e8bc8)

  32. I propose that we erect a billboard somewhere in the neighborhood which reads:

    Attn: Criminals.
    Hilda and Jesse, located at 701 Union Street, does not allow guns on the premises, even weapons issued to law enforcement.
    Just an FYI.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  33. asset, why “Latinx” and not just “Latin” or Hispanic”? It really is a disgendering, as annoying to some as misgendering.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  34. ot, but more people died in the olds sedan than the omicron .

    mg (8cbc69)

  35. @31: Perhaps, but in the leftist world there is always an unmet need that cries out for government.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  36. I’m so old that my high school offered shooting (a .22) as an activity up until the year before I arrived.
    They also offered boxing, which was a great opportunity to dicipline the boys. Screw around in the hall or be a bully and the PE coach uses you to demonstrate the left or right hook.

    steveg (e81d76)

  37. When I lived in the Bay Area it was noteworthy when a guy on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors questioned the need for a military. He wondered why the coast guard and police weren’t sufficient. Police! I guess THAT guy would now be deemed a reactionary.

    My dad grew up in San Francisco in the 40s. I envy him that. San Francisco these days is a joke compared to what it was in its heyday. Why anyone would want to pay insane real estate prices to live in that oh-so-woke, filthy, crime-infested, drug-addled, and homeless haven is beyond me.

    Yeah, I know. The weather is mild, and it’s on the coast. It’s too mild for my tastes, but then I’m not one of those people who think sweat is dirty and icky and gross, or that snow equals misery.

    norcal (d9c78c)

  38. 33. Kevin M to asset

    asset, why “Latinx” and not just “Latin” or Hispanic”?

    That’s a good point! Presumably, they want to make as small a change as possible, so they keep the last letter after “Latin” or they need an adjectival marker, although you don’t have it fr all nouns designating categories of persons. I don’t think you can even pronounce Latinx.

    Pr maybe they want to make a point of degendering. English doesn’t have any gender for ethnic pr other groupings. Or, where it had them, doesn’t use them anymore. Cf: poetess. Although that sort of thing was always singular only.

    It really is a disgendering, as annoying to some as misgendering.
    (ab1c11) — 12/8/2021 @ 2:47 pm

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  39. Overquoting. The last line was below the box

    norcal (d9c78c) — 12/8/2021 @ 10:31 pm

    Why anyone would want to pay insane real estate prices to live in that oh-so-woke, filthy, crime-infested, drug-addled, and homeless haven is beyond me.

    Limited housing supply (but low cost for those people grandfathered in by rent control), short commuting time (it may be necessary otherwise to live over 100 miles away), good weather, familiarity, and special features.

    Yeah, I know. The weather is mild, and it’s on the coast.

    People never need air conditioning or heating.

    Sammy Finkelman (c49738)

  40. “Latins” with an “s” has been around for as long as English has. They’re just pretentious twerps.

    nk (1d9030)

  41. “Latinx” — the word — is as egregious a case of white privelege as you can find. I mean, basically, we are running roughshod over the linguistic traditions of people who speak Spanish.

    Talk about microaggressions… (Um, no, actually don’t)

    Given the amount of writing about just how annoying this word is to the Hispanic Community, I think the word is going the way of “Defund the Police”. We’re only a few articles in the New York Times away…

    Appalled (1a17de)

  42. The mean way to say Latinx is La-tinx or la-tinks and feign ignorance.
    I’ve never heard anyone but blowhard activists use the word. Most Mexicans think its stupid because their language assigns gender to nearly everything. Even asking someone to hand you that f-ing thing over there ends with an “a”

    steveg (e81d76)

  43. Re “Latinx”, superspreaders of asininity.
    And steveg kinda nailed it.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  44. OT: funniest thing i’ve read all week

    Texts reveal wife of nuclear scientist accused of selling foreign power submarine secrets wanted to flee US due to TRUMP and not because she feared arrest

    He wrote: ‘The Mueller report is coming real soon.’

    But Diana remained angry, answering: ‘It’s been too long. Nothing has changed. He’s still in power.’

    Jonathan replied: ‘Nothing in government moves that fast — believe me, I speak from personal experience.’

    JF (e1156d)

  45. Wokey Dokey two step from the family Karen, JF.

    mg (8cbc69)

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