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On-duty police officer kicked out of Olive Garden during his birthday lunch because he had a weapon - even though it's legal to carry one in Missouri

  • Michael Holsworth was waiting for his family in Olive Garden on Saturday
  • A waitress spotted the duty gun on his waist and told him he had to leave
  • It is legal to carry a gun in Missouri, Holsworth hit out at the diner online
  • The president of Olive Garden has personally apologized to Holsworth 

By Dailymail.com Reporter

Published: 08:42 EST, 12 October 2015 | Updated: 08:52 EST, 12 October 2015

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An on-duty police officer was kicked out of an Olive Garden in Missouri during his birthday lunch because of the gun strapped to his waist.

Michael Holsworth, 38, was sat waiting for his family to arrive at the Kansas City branch on Saturday when a waitress came over and asked him to leave.

As it is legal to carry a gun in Missouri, Holsworth laughed and replied: 'Are you joking?'

The waitress said she wasn't and ordered him out.

Michael Holsworth, 38, was sat waiting for his family to arrive at the Kansas City branch on Saturday when a waitress came over and asked him to leave. He is pictured receiving Officer Of The Year award in 2012

Michael Holsworth, 38, was sat waiting for his family to arrive at the Kansas City branch on Saturday when a waitress came over and asked him to leave. He is pictured receiving Officer Of The Year award in 2012

Holsworth took to Facebook afterwards to describe how he was treated. It was shared more than 5,000 times

Holsworth took to Facebook afterwards to describe how he was treated. It was shared more than 5,000 times

'Now I never in my wildest thoughts would of thought this would happen in the Kansas City area,' Holsworth, who received a medal of honor for apprehending a burglar and homicide suspect in 2014, fumed in a Facebook post.

'I see it happening all over the United States to other officers but never thought it would of happened to me.'

His post was shared more than 5,500 times.

Finally, Olive Garden issued a tweet saying the president has apologized to Holsworth.

'This treatment was unacceptable. The president of Olive Garden has personally apologized to the officer,' the tweet read.

Holsworth has declined interviews. 

Brad Lemon, president of the Fraternal Order Of Police, wrote on Facebook: 'It's been an incredibly difficult day for our brother, and our entire family. 

Olive Garden's president has apologized to Holsworth. He was kicked out of this diner in Kansas City, Missouri

Olive Garden's president has apologized to Holsworth. He was kicked out of this diner in Kansas City, Missouri

'All we ever ask is to be treated fairly and with the same respect to due anyone else. When we are treated poorly because of our chosen occupation, it hurts.

'It's not okay to treat law enforcement poorly. We deserve, and have earned, the same level of respect due to each and every member of society.' 

In a statement emailed to Daily Mail Online, an Olive Garden spokesman said: 'Officer Holsworth’s experience was unacceptable and completely inconsistent with how we treat members of law enforcement. 

'The President of Olive Garden has spoken with him to personally apologize. 

'Police officers are always welcome at Olive Garden. They serve our communities, and we love serving them.' 

 

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