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PHOENIX – Six Tempe policemen were asked to leave a Starbucks by a barista after a customer felt uncomfortable at their presence.
The incident, which happened on July 4, occurred at Starbucks off Scottsdale and McKellip's roads.
According to a statement by the Tempe Officers Association, six officers stood together and drank coffee when a barista approached the group and asked them to move out of the customer's line of sight or leave the establishment altogether.
According to the report, Barista said the customer did not "feel safe" because of the police presence.
The officers left the place shortly after.
"This treatment of public security workers could not be more disappointing," the statement said. "While the barista was polite, there was such a request that it was offensive. Unfortunately, such treatment has become far too common in 201
Below is the statement from TOA in its entirety .
At the Independence Day, six Tempe police officers of Starbucks stopped at Scottsdale Road and McKellips for coffee. The officers paid for their drinks and accompanied a cup of coffee before their fourth fourth of July shift.
They were approached by a barista, who knew one of the officers by name, because he is common in that place. Barista said that a customer "does not feel safe" because of police presence. Barista asked the officers to move out of the customer's line of sight or to leave.
Disappointed, the officers actually left.
This treatment of public security workers could not be more disappointing. While the barista was polite, it was such a request was offensive. Unfortunately, such treatment has become too common in 2019.
We know that this is not a national policy at Starbucks Corporate, and we look forward to working with them on this important dialogue. 19659007] Follow @ KTAR923