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July 15, 2016 11:49 AM EDT

A sheriff in northern Washington says that his deputies were not welcome to eat at a local Chinese restaurant, according to a post on the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

Sheriff Will Reichardt wrote in the post Thursday that the owner of the Lucky Teriyaki in Sedro-Woolley, Wash. told a group of officers that other customers did not want them there.

“This afternoon four Skagit County Sheriff’s office deputies were finishing up lunch at Lucky’s. As 2 deputies went up to pay they were informed by the owner that he requested they not eat there anymore,” Reichardt said. “They were told that other customers didn’t like law enforcement there.”

The chief deputy said he confirmed the ban with the owner and that he was asked to pass the message along, according to local NBC KING 5.

Later in the day the owner of the Lucky Teriyaki told KING 5 that the incident was a misunderstanding and that he was having some trouble with some customers, but that the language barrier caused the confusion.

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