TACOMA, Wash. – What began Tuesday as a work lunch to exchange Christmas gifts ended with a group of Washington State Corrections Officers being asked to leave The Cheesecake Factory at Tacoma Mall.

Officer Miriam Nichols was one of several who said they were about to be seated when two employees approached the group and explained the problem.

“Two people in suits…who we later found out were management were talking to my three co-workers,” explained Nichols. “Saying that we had to leave because we were armed in their building.”

Nichols voiced her concern to The Cheesecake Factory in a viral Facebook post on December 20:


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