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By WGN Web Desk

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Five police officers were kicked out of a Denny’s restaurant for carrying their guns.

It happened in downstate Belleville.

The five plain-clothes detectives were off-duty when they went in to eat when another diner saw one officer’s gun and complained.

The manager told them, “Either the guns go, or you go.” Even when they showed their identification, he refused to drop his ultimatum.

So they left, but the police department isn’t happy about it.

Belleville officers are now under orders to avoid Denny’s restaurant unless they’re answering a trouble call.

Denny’s has since apologized for the manager’s behavior and said it is company policy to let police officers carry their weapons while eating.