A group of Tempe Police officers, some military veterans, were asked to leave an Arizona Starbucks on the 4th of July.
According to the Tempe Officers Association, six police officers ordered and paid for their drinks and were enjoying their overpriced beverages as they prepared for the long Independence Day shifts when they were approached by a barista.
The barista knew one of the officers by name, because he was a regular at that location.
According to the TOA, “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.”
The TOA noted that while the barista was polite, making such a request was offensive and the treatment of the officers was disheartening.
“Ufortunately, 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 said.
According to Fox 10, Starbucks issued a written response:
“We have deep respect for the Tempe Police Department and its service to our community. We have reached out to understand better what may have happened in our store, and to apologize for any misunderstanding or inappropriate behavior that may have taken place.”
The TOA took the matter a step further, posting the following “Dump Starbucks” image to social media.
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
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