18. October 2010 14:09
I got a return phone call today from Greg Thompson who identifies himself as the manager of Old Saybrook Starbucks.
He seems to be aware of the legality of open carry (now) and says I am welcome back anytime. He was apologetic for what happened.
He mentioned that the employee indicated that they were nervous due to a bunch of crime happening lately in Old Saybrook. I think we both were in agreement this is not a reasonable justification to expel someone and mock them from a restaurant that publicly welcomes law abiding citizens (armed or otherwise) in their restaurants all across the country.
He assures me that it will not happen again and that I am welcome. He also says that he will have his district manager call me. That will be good, because before I step foot in the restaurant again, I will need to make sure I have a letter from the district manager saying that I am welcome there as long as I am obeying the law whether I am armed or not. I am not going to take the risk of entering that store again and giving Sgt Gardner the excuse he seems to be hot for and let him arrest me for trespass.