A deputy sheriff wanted to ask his girlfriend to marry him over the weekend. He got a message that the engagement ring was ready for him to pick up at Kay Jewelers. But when the police officer showed up during his lunch break, the manager didn’t help him, which was a big mistake.
When a deputy who worked for the Iredell Sheriff’s Department but wanted to stay anonymous got a message that his engagement ring was ready, the happy cop drove straight to Kay Jewelers. He didn’t know it, but he was about to get a rude awakening.
Sheriff Darren Campbell told WDRB that the store manager met the deputy at the door and told him that he couldn’t come in with his service weapon. The deputy told the manager that taking the gun away would be against the rules of the department. Campbell said that the deputy left without the ring and that it was “hard for us to understand” what had happened.
Sheriff Darren Campbell told reporters, “He was turned away because he was in uniform.” “That makes me very worried. Not just for us, but for all the police departments in the area.” Campbell explained why deputies aren’t allowed to take their service weapons off duty. “If you need help in an emergency, an officer will do the following: A police officer will be armed. “Those are the tools of the trade,” Campbell said, stressing that cops can’t leave their weapons at home when they’re on duty.
But Sheriff Campbell had more to say than just that. He also used social media to let people know that a local business had treated a police officer in a disgusting way. Over 10,000 people commented on the Facebook post, and most, if not all, of them were in favor of the deputy. “Oh, but let that jewelry store be robbed or have something else happen that they need help from 911… I bet they’ll want that gun for the safety of those officers then. “That’s crazy,” Deidre said. Rachel Miller said something about the post…
Another person who cared about the community also spoke up. “Kay Jewelers, you might as well shut down now… People in this county support our police officers, and you’d be lucky to get another customer through your door. Tina Whitaker Carter said something. Other people felt the same way, like concerned citizen Gary Miller, who wrote, “I will never, ever go near Kay’s jewelry again. No matter what they wore, I always let officers into my office when I was a lawyer. I think they would be glad to have more security.”
Kay Jewelers was forced to do something by all the bad press and backlash from the community. According to NBC News, a store manager who was accused of turning away an Iredell County deputy because of his service weapon is “no longer with the company.” This was announced by Kay Jewelers a day after the incident was reported. Kay Jewelers first responded on Facebook by saying, “We are truly sorry for the way this situation was handled.” But based on how the community reacted, it seemed like Kay’s corporate managers knew they had to do more than just apologize. They fired the employee who did the wrong thing.
We can see why the deputy wanted to stay anonymous. He didn’t want the story to be about him, but about how some people treat many people in law enforcement badly. Unfortunately, their uniform can make them a target for both criminals and misguided citizens who forget that all lawmen take an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and to protect and serve the community at all costs, even if it means their own death.