Starbucks Asks Police to Leave on 4th of July
Updated: Jul 9, 2019
Tempe, AZ - Liberal Starbucks has shot themselves in the foot yet again.
7/4/19 Tempe, Arizona - Five police officers were asked to leave a Tempe Starbucks after a customer complained that they "did not feel safe" with the officers present. A barista had the audacity to approach the officers after receiving the complaint and asked that they either move out of the customer's view or leave the store.
This statement from the Tempe Officer's Association on the July 4th incident was released yesterday on Twitter:
"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."
President of the police union Rob Ferraro told Phoenix FOX 10 in a phone interview, "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, told The Daily Caller, "This sort of action or step by a barista is not indicative of the way we want officers treated in our stores. We couldn’t apologize more for how they felt and it’s really not an indication of how we feel about law enforcement." It isn't clear at this time whether disciplinary action has been taken against the barista or not.