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Update: Owners of Lucky Teriyaki say police officers are welcome

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The father and son who own Lucky Teriyaki insist the whole issue is the result of a very big misunderstanding due to poor English skills. The father and son who own Lucky Teriyaki insist the whole issue is the result of a very big misunderstanding due to poor English skills.
SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. -

The father and son who own Lucky Teriyaki insist that their request for law enforcement to not eat at their restaurant was a misunderstanding. 

The backlash on social media was quick on Thursday when the Skagit County Sheriff's Office made a post stating that his deputies were asked by the owner to not eat there because the customers didn't like law enforcement. The Chief Deputy called the restaurant to confirm the request and the Sheriff says not only did the owner repeat it, but ask that his department spread the word to other law enforcement agencies. 

Skagit County Sheriff: Restaurant asks law enforcement not to eat there

Within an hour of posting the incident on Facebook, it had nearly 4,000 shares. The majority of people were angry and said they were going to boycott the restaurant. Many suggested that Lucky's would not be in business much longer once the social backlash settled. 

Speaking to KIRO Thursday night, the owner broke down in tears, saying it was all a misunderstanding. The owners said the deputies were eating lunch on Thursday when a group nearby spilled their soup and drinks and seemed agitated and argumentative. 

The owner's son told KIRO he told the deputies in broken English that they made the other customers uncomfortable. "Police not welcome here," is how they believe it was interpreted by the deputies. 

KIRO Reporter Natasha Chen, who speaks fluent Mandarin, asked the owners on Thursday if they understood that they were given a chance to straighten the situation out when the Chief Deputy called to confirm the request. The son said he didn't understand the questions and he may have just said "Yeah" to the Chief Deputy's questions. 

A "Boycott Lucky Teriyaki" Facebook page sprouted soon after the initial post went viral. 

The owners of the restaurant told KIRO they welcome officers and they are offering free food for all law enforcement on Monday. 

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