Billy Welch, a solider with the National Guard, stopped by at a Kentucky Waffle House on Sunday morning. Welch was floored when he found out the restaurant held a “no firearms” policy.

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Despite being a solider with the National Guard, a waitress asked Welch to abide by the restaurant’s policy and place his gun outside of the restaurant. Welch ultimately decided to leave after feeling uncomfortable with Waffle House’s strict policy.

He explains,

“You know, if I can’t have my firearm, then I can’t be here. I walked inside to the other waitress. I said, ‘thank you, but no thank you ma’am. I’m gonna have to leave.'”

Witness Micaela Shaw was shocked by the conversation she overheard and decided to post the happenings to Facebook where the post went viral. Shaw explains she has family that have served in the military, and she felt disrespected with the Waffle House’s decision to deny service to the serviceman.

In response to the viral Facebook post, Waffle House explains, “For many years we have had a ‘No Firearms’ policy in place in our restaurants. We continue to believe this is the best policy for the safety of our customers and associates.”

[via Lex18]