Several police officers were asked by a barista to leave a Starbucks in Tempe, Arizona, telling them that another patron did not feel safe in their presence.
The incident occurred on July 4, Independence Day, just before the six Tempe officers began a long shift. The barista told the officials that they either had to disappear from the view of the complaining customer, or they would have to leave completely, because this customer, according to ABC15 Arizona, "does not feel well". The officials who had just bought their coffee decided to leave.
The following morning, the official's union, the Tempe Officers Association, tweeted a parody of the Starbucks logo, "Dump Starbucks," with news of the incident. The tweet read: "Do not Appreciate @Starbucks asking our # Tempe policemen to leave your company at # 4thofjuly201
The Tempe Officers Association issued the statement: "This treatment of public security workers could not be more daunting, and although the barista was polite, it was insulting to make such a request 2019. We know that this is not the case. " We look forward to working with Starbucks Corporate on this important dialogue.
A Starbucks representative said the company was still trying to gather details of what had happened on Thursday
"We have great respect for the Tempe police and their service to the community. We contacted the Tempe Police Department and the Tempe Officers Association to better understand what happened and to apologize. We want everyone in our stores to feel welcome and the incident described is not an indication of how one of our customers should feel in our stores, "states a statement.