Restaurant suffers losses after owner’s son who doesn’t speak English told police they are not welcomeBy Mason White 1:47 PM July 17, 2016
By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A businessman sat down on the floor crying and begging people for forgiveness after his restaurant suffered losses.
Skagit County Sheriff Will Reichardt vented his frustration on Facebook, after four deputies were allegedly told not to come back to the restaurant in Sedro-Woolley, Washington.
Reichardt said that when the officers finished eating their lunch at Lucky Teriyaki, the owner’s son told them not to come back.
He told the officers that the police presence was making customers uncomfortable.
Soon after the message was posted, the owner, Xuechuang Li, and his son, began getting death threats and people threatened to boycott the restaurant as a show of support for police unless they apologize.
Li, who was very upset, claimed that the entire incident was a misunderstanding. He blamed the incident on his poor English.
He said that a group of customers were uncomfortable with police officers so his son asked the officers if they were leaving.
Li said that his son did not intend to ban officers from their restaurant.
The father has closed his restaurant for the weekend as he was scared for his life.
He also met with police and apologized. He also offered free food to cops who are still willing to come into his restaurant.
Li pointed out that he is a supporter of the police force and that he had donated money to them a few time.
Police posted a note on Facebook that the matter was resolved to their satisfaction, but that did not stop the backlash and loss of business to the Li family.