An office clerk from The Woodlands, Texas, office of Texas Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists demanded the Conroe police chief to leave his duty weapon in his car or leave the office.
They did so in front of a dozen clients in the office waiting room.
Chief Philip Dupuis, with the Conroe Police Department, called the experience “embarrassing” and posted the story on Facebook, which has been “shared” nearly 3,000 times.
UPDATE: I was contacted by The Woodlands, Texas, office of Texas Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists concerning the cutting off of comments on their Facebook page. Their PR people suggested that it was a mistake and they have turned them back on. I give them credit for that. Kudos!
Dr. Rosalia Burke has refused to personally apologize and guarantee this bad behavior will not happen to officers in the future.
After the story went viral, the office attempted a very hesitant apology, proving they were more sorry they got caught, than for their bad behavior.
“I will be looking for a new ENT, just asked to leave Dr Burke’s office because I am wearing my gun, badge, and ID. I have never been so embarrassed (pissed) in my 35 years of law enforcement. Texas Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists” Chief Philip Dupuis posted on Facebook.
The office has frantically deleted all negative comments from their Facebook apology, and the doctor has still not made contact, as requested by police chief Philip Dupuis, to personally apologize and guarantee that law enforcement will not be dealt with in this manner again. Feel free to give them something to delete at their Facebook Page!
We regret the situation that occurred on August 8, 2017 involving Chief Dupuis and a member of our staff. We have…
Note that if you click for comments, they are all gone. If my teenage child apologized in the same manner, they would be grounded for insincerity and deceit!
NBC Houston reports:
“I walked in, gave them my name and my appointment time. They took my information; my drivers license and insurance card and then the clerk asked me to go put my gun in my car,” Dupuis said. “She said it’s our policy. No guns allowed. I said I’m a police officer and I’m not going to put my gun in my car.”
Dupuis said he gathered his documents and left the office feeling embarrassed and thinking the medical staff mishandled the situation.
“They do have the right to ask me to leave and I did leave,” he said. “I don’t think they need to do it in a setting where there is 10 or 15 people sitting in their lobby and to embarrass me like that.”
I will be looking for a new ENT, just asked to leave Dr Burkes office because I am wearing my gun, badge, and ID. I have…
Under Texas law, as a licensed police officer, Dupuis can legally open carry anywhere in the state.
“I didn’t think twice about it because I can and do carry everywhere,” Dupuis said. “I carry to protect myself and I carry to protect my family and the public.”
Dupuis acknowledged that despite Texas carry laws, a private business or property owner can create “weapons-free” zones. The owner must post signage referring to the Penal Code, Chapter 30.06 and 30.07, enabling the prohibition of concealed carry and open carry, respectively.
“These people have the right to do what they did and refuse my service,” he said. “Legally, they can ask me to leave because I’m not there on official business.”
For Dupuis, the incident hit a little too close to home. He has two children who want to be police officers when they grow up.
“After a day like today, I want to come home and try and talk them out of it,” Dupuis said. “I shouldn’t have to talk my children out of being in a profession that I have loved for so long and has provided for me and my family a good life. When I see something like this, I don’t want my kids going through this.”
So to the morons at The Woodlands, Texas, office of Texas Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists, I just have one question:
Which Doctors office is a thug going to walk into to cause mayhem and destruction?
The Doctors office that is a gun-free zone and does not allow even the police to carry?
Or the Doctors office that could have an armed customer willing to defend your patients?
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