While drinking coffee at a Starbucks before their shift on the 4th of July, six police officers in Tempe, Arizona, were approached by a barista who instructed them to leave a customer’s line of view or leave the shop – noting the coffee drinker complained and “did not feel safe” in their presence.
The Tempe Officers Association (TOA) revealed the details in a series of posts on Twitter.
“Don't appreciate @Starbucks asking our #Tempe cops to leave your establishment on the #4thofjuly2019,” the Tempe Officers Association tweeted Friday. “Several of those cops are #veterans who fought for this country! #ZeroRespect."
Unconscionable tide sweeping country
TOA President Rob Ferraro laments that such deplorable treatment of police in the community is now becoming a common trend.
“It’s become accepted to not trust or to see police and think that we’re not here to serve you,” the police union leader told the local Fox 10 station in Phoenix via a phone interview. “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."
The union is disillusioned that the very people devoted to protect and serve their communities with their very lives are being rejected and disrespected more and more throughout the country – not just the greater Phoenix area.
“This treatment of public safety workers could not be more disheartening … While the barista was polite, making such a request at all was offensive,” the TOA said in its third and fourth tweets on the incident. “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.”
Sorry at Starbucks
Starbucks Spokesperson Reggie Borges regretted the incident, issuing an apology and vowing to get to the bottom of exactly what transpired on the 4th.
"We have a deep respect for the Tempe Police and their service to the community," Borges stated, according to the Arizona Republic, while declining to comment whether any disciplinary actions were in store. "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."
Taking its public apology a step further, Starbucks Executive Vice President Rossann Williams assured that America’s second largest restaurant chain will take every step to make sure police officers are welcomed at every Starbucks location from coast to coast from this time on.
"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," Williams stated, according to TheBlaze. "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."
From rocks to snowflakes
Reporting on the recent Starbucks incident in the Grand Canyon State, the conservative media commented that “snowflakes” such as the coffee-sipping complainer are overtaking a nation that used to champion the Clint Eastwoods and John Waynes who boldly stood up to any “insult” and were anything but easily offended – when masculinity and officials wielding guns brought feelings of confidence and security – not fear and emasculated uptightness.
“I guess in the era of progressives peddling a political correctness agenda – pushing full-blown socialism, and bashing cops – it shouldn’t shock us that these snowflakes feel unsafe around law enforcement,” Townhall’s Matt Vespa remarked. “It’s ironic – progressives need law enforcement to keep everyone in line under their authoritarian ethos as they try to implement their left-wing facelift for the country …”
He decried the idiocy of “some loser feel[ing] ‘unsafe’ with [six] police officers drinking coffee,” and noted that similar incident have popped up in America in recent years and months.
“This is one of many stories being reported across the country concerning people being morons about law enforcement,” Vespa pointed out. “In Prince William County, Virginia, six years ago, a Buffalo Wild Wings establishment refused to serve police officers in plain clothes because they were carrying their guns.”
An equally ridiculous incident was reported just last month, when what should be the most welcomed and cherished customer in a jewelry shop – a cop providing armed protection – was rejected.
“In June, Kay Jewelers had to rush to avoid a public relations disaster when a store manager told a police officer he wasn’t allowed in the store to pick up his engagement ring because he was carrying his service firearm,” Vespa recounted. “The cop was in uniform. He was told he could leave his firearm in his squad car and retrieve his ring – a violation of department policy. Kay moved quickly, apologized to the officer, and fired the manager.”
Cops’ business equally coveted?
Last year, due diligence was administered by Starbucks when it admitted to racial profiling in a Pennsylvania store – leading to the unwarranted arrest of two African Americans – and subsequently closed up shop nationwide to conduct anti-discrimination training meetings.
“In 2018, an incident at a Starbucks shop in Philadelphia made headlines when two black men who were waiting for a business colleague inside the shop were arrested for trespassing” Fox News reported. “The Philadelphia police commissioner later apologized to the men and Starbucks closed some 8,000 locations for part of a business day to conduct ‘racial bias training.’”
Many are waiting to see if Starbucks takes similar precautions to make sure police don’t continue to be kicked out of America’s favorite coffee shops.