According to a Fox News report, Tempe, Arizona police officers were asked to leave or move somewhere they couldn’t be seen because a customer complained that the officers made them “not feel safe.”
We can’t make this up.
According to the report, the officers were having coffee before their shift when a barista asked them to leave or move out of the complaining customer’s line of sight.
The Tempe Officers Association decided to write about the situation and then posted a mocking image of a Starbucks logo showing a cup of coffee being poured out saying, “Dump Starbucks.”
Here’s what the police union wrote along with the coffee image:
Don’t appreciate @Starbucks asking our #Tempe cops to leave your establishment on the #4thofjuly2019. Several of those cops are #veterans who fought for this country! #ZeroRespect.
Don't appreciate @Starbucks asking our #Tempe cops to leave your establishment on the #4thofjuly2019. Several of those cops are #veterans who fought for this country! #ZeroRespect pic.twitter.com/oGaDKhlYX3
— Tempe Officers Association (@ToaAz) July 5, 2019
Here’s a statement the union tweeted out as well:
Yesterday, on Independence Day, six Tempe police officers stopped by the Starbucks at Scottsdale Road and McKellips for coffee. The officers paid for their drinks and stood together having a cup of coffee before their long 4th of July shift.
They were approached by a barista, who knew one of the officers by name, because he is a regular at that location. The barista said that a customer “did not feel safe” because of the police presence. The barista asked the officers to move out of the customer’s line of sight or to leave.
Disappointed, the officers did in fact leave.
This treatment of public safety workers could not be more disheartening. While the barista was polite, making such a request at all was offensive. Unfortunately, such treatment has become all too common in 2019.
We know this is not a national policy at Starbucks Corporate and we look forward to working collaboratively with them on this important dialogue.
Police officers do their best to serve and protect their communities and don’t deserve to be treated like this.
Should Starbucks apologize to the police officers?
What would you have done in that situation?
Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.
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