Arizona Police Officers Asked To Move Or Leave Starbucks After Customer Complains They ‘Did Not Feel Safe’ – Starbucks Apologizes

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This is the kind of story that really makes my blood boil. The Tempe Officers Association (TOA) tweeted what happened to six of their officers at a local Starbucks on July 4th last week. They stopped to get coffee before their shift when a barista, who knew at least one of the officers, approached them and asked that they move or leave because a customer had complained they “did not feel safe” because of the “police presence.” The barista asked them to either leave the shop or else to move out of the complaining customer’s line of sight. The officers complied and were very hurt over the incident. I don’t blame them.

The tweet from the TOA reads: “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.”

The TOA put out another tweet stating that the president of the police union, Rob Ferraro, told FOX 10 of Phoenix that “such treatment of police officers seems to be happening more often these days…It’s become accepted to not trust or to see police and think that we’re not here to serve you, and again, it goes back to — we take great pride of the level of customer service we provide to citizens, and to be looked at as feeling unsafe when you have law enforcement around you is somewhat perplexing to me.”

Starbucks spokesman Reggie Borges spoke to The Arizona Republic concerning the incident:

“We have a deep respect for the Tempe Police and their service to the community. We’ve reached out to the Tempe Police Department and Tempe Officers Association to better understand what happened and apologize. We want everyone in our stores to feel welcomed and the incident described is not indicative of what we want any of our customers to feel in our stores.”

Neither the barista or the customer were identified. Starbucks has apologized, but honestly, if it were me, I wouldn’t accept it unless the barista was fired and the customer told not to come back. Anything less than that is meaningless and will only encourage it to happen again. That a customer would be so incredibly rude and hateful is abhorrent… but the barista’s poor judgment here is even worse.

#DumpStarbucks is trending on Twitter as it should. I don’t drink coffee but I wouldn’t go to Starbucks just on general principles. They are rude, communist, biased, and a waste of good money. It is not okay to insult police officers who protect us. This customer is doing this because a kid got shot by an officer. That’s like blaming all people of one race because one of them robbed a store. Chances are it was a justified shooting anyway… it doesn’t matter anymore because cops are seen as guilty no matter what.

The union tweeted out a statement regarding the incident:

“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.”

I’ve lived in Tempe and all over Arizona. The people by and large are not like this there and this is just disgusting. A uniform should not make you a target. When these idiots get in trouble they call the police and then later harass and abuse them whenever they can. That’s hypocrisy on a whole new level.

Starbucks apologized to the Tempe, AZ, police department but it is way too little, way too late in my book.

Rossann Williams, executive vice president, president U.S. retail, wrote to the Tempe Police Department: “On behalf of Starbucks, I want to sincerely apologize to you all for the experience that six of your officers had in our store on July 4. When those officers entered the store and a customer raised a concern over their presence, they should have been welcomed and treated with dignity and the utmost respect by our partners (employees). Instead they were made to feel unwelcome and disrespected, which is completely unacceptable.”

She added: “At Starbucks, we have deep appreciation for your department and the officers who serve the Tempe community. Our partners rely on your service and welcome your presence, which keeps our stores and the community a safe and welcoming place.”

The company apologized for any “misunderstanding or inappropriate behavior that may have taken place” and said it has “deep respect for the Tempe Police Department.” As I said before, it is meaningless without taking action against those at fault here.

Frankly, only criminals or someone with something to hide feels uncomfortable around the police. Perhaps Starbucks should put that into their sensitivity training.

Sources: RedState, Law Enforcement Today, The Daily Wire, Fox News, TheBlaze, Business Insider, The Daily Mail, The RightScoop, Snopes, Zero Hedge

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