Kay Jewelers Fires Employee Who Refused To Let On-Duty Deputy Into Store

Blue Lives Matter | 6/9/2019 | Holly Matkin
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Statesville, NC – The Kay Jewelers employee who refused to allow a uniformed Iredell County sheriff’s deputy into the store unless he removed his duty weapon has been fired by the company.

“After learning of an incident involving a law enforcement officer in Iredell County, North Carolina, Kay Jewelers reached out immediately to the customer and the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, and we sincerely apologized for the mishandling of this matter,” the company tweeted on Thursday.

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Kay Jewelers said that they welcome all law enforcement officers – on duty or off – to come into their stores at any time.

“We have tremendous respect for and closely work with law enforcement at all levels, and we thank the Office for bringing this to our attention,” the tweet read.

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“The store manager is no longer employed by the company,” Kay Jewelers added.

Employees will also be receiving additional training on the company’s firearm policy, especially as it pertains to uniformed law enforcement officers.

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The firing of the Statesville store’s manager came on the heels of an incident that took place on Wednesday.

An Iredell County sheriff’s deputy went to the store on his lunch break after being notified that the engagement ring he purchased for his upcoming wedding proposal was ready to be picked up, Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell said in a Facebook post.

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He pulled up at the Turnersburg Highway store in his marked patrol vehicle, but was intercepted at the front door by the Kay Jewelers manager.

The manager then “informed him he was not allowed to wear his service weapon while on their premises,” Sheriff Campbell said.

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