Police Officers go out and patrol communities in order to uphold the law and keep their neighbors safe.
They come into contact with the underbelly of society so that the rest of us don’t have to. They risk their lives for us on a daily basis so the least can do is respect them. In Arizona, some seem to be lacking this basic level of manners.
At a Starbucks in Tempe, AZ, a customer had the gall to ask one of the baristas to tell the police to move or get out as they felt unsafe. And what’s worse the employee listened to the customer’s ridiculous demand.
The Tempe Officers Association gave the details on Twitter.
“A statement from the TOA on The July 4th incident and Starbucks’ treatment of police officers: 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.”
“A Starbucks spokesman told the Arizona Republic the company was still gathering details about what happened.
“We have a deep respect for the Tempe Police and their service to the community,” spokesman Reggie Borges told the newspaper. “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.”
This should never have happened, they are all paying customers and should be treated equally. That employee should have told the uncomfortable customer she can find elsewhere to drink her coffee.