Some police officers in Tempe, Ariz., Say they were asked to leave a coffee shop in Starbucks on the fourth of July because a customer complained they didn't "feel safe" with the police, reports reported.
Five officers dreamed coffee at Starbucks place before the shift began when a barista asked them to move out of the complaining customer's field of view or else go, the Tempe Officers Association wrote in a series of Twitter messages.
Rob Ferraro, president of the police function, told Phoenix 10 in Phoenix that such treatments by police officers seem to occur more often these days.
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] "It has been accepted not to trust or see the police and think that we are not here to serve you and again it goes back to ̵[ads1]1; we are proud of the level of customer service we provide to citizens, and to be seen as a fee to be uncertain when you have law enforcement around you is somewhat confusing to me, "Ferraro told the station in a telephone interview.
The police function also sent a series of Twitter messages about the incident.
"This treatment of public security workers could not be more discouraging," the association wrote. "While the barista was polite, there was such a request that it was offensive. Unfortunately, such treatment has become too common in 2019."
"This treatment of public security workers could not be more disappointing. While the barista was polite, it was so such a request was offensive. Unfortunately, such treatment has become too common in 2019. "
The union said it was not blamed on Starbucks' corporate office, and let it look forward to working with them on this important dialogue.
Earlier Friday, the union confirmed a parody of the Starbucks logo, with the words "Dump Starbucks" and the image of a hand dumping the contents of a cup of coffee.
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A spokesman for Starbucks told the Arizona Republic. The company was still gathering details of what happened.
"We have a deep respect for the Tempe police and their service to the community" spokesman Reggie Borges told the newspaper. "We have reached the Tempe Police Department and Tempe Officers Association to better understand what happened and regret. We want everyone in our stores to feel welcome and the described event is not an indication of what we want any of our customers should feel our stores. "
" We want everyone in our stores to feel welcome, and the described event is not an indication of what we want some of our customers to feel in our stores. "
Neither the barista nor the customer allegedly complained were identified. Starbucks would not say whether the barista would be disciplined in connection with the case.
In 2018, an incident at a Starbucks store in Philadelphia made headlines when two black men waiting for a business colleague inside the store were arrested for assault. The Philadelphia Police Commissioner apologized to the men and Starb ucks closed around 8,000 places for part of a business day to perform "racial bias training".
Fox News & # 39; Alexandra Deabler contributed to this story.