Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Police Reportedly Asked to Leave Arizona Starbucks Because Customer Felt Unsafe

Police Reportedly Asked to Leave Arizona Starbucks Because Customer Felt Unsafe

Another Starbucks controversy is brewing after six Arizona police officers said a barista asked them to leave because a customer "did not feel safe" in their presence. "If that happened in our business, not a single one of those officers would have had a bill... and we would have kicked out the complainer", she said. "Unfortunately, such treatment has become all too common in 2019", the association said in a tweet. The association called the request offensive and disheartening.

The group posted an image with the words "DUMP STARBUCKS" to Facebook and Twitter, and the hashtag #DumpStarbucks began trending.

The union say they aren't blaming Starbucks as a whole for the incident and said it looked forward to working with them "on this important dialogue" moving forward.

While police have become a favorite target of the left in recent years, shooing away officers from a public establishment for making a customer feel unsafe may be a first.

Rob Ferraro, President of TOA, is not necessarily calling for a Starbucks boycott, but calls the incident a new reality for officers. Yes, they were asked to leave.

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A corporate level Starbucks employee is reportedly looking into the incident. "Men before us... and men and women today... run into the fight to protect those who can't protect themselves".

It then criticized Starbucks for what happened.

Williams insisted Starbucks has a "deep appreciation" for police, saying, "Our partners rely on your service and welcome your presence, which keeps our stores and the community a safe and welcoming place". It's not clear if the barista in question will face disciplinary action. "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".

Starbucks officially apologized in a company statement Saturday after a barista at Arizona Starbucks location tossed six police officers on July Fourth.

Back in April, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson apologized on "Good Morning America" after two black men were arrested from a Philadelphia store for not ordering beverages while waiting for a third person in their party to arrive. The next month, Starbucks closed some-8,000 locations in order to conduct "racial bias training".

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