TEMPE, Ariz. (FOX 10) – Some Tempe policemen were forced to take their coffee to go to Starbucks in East Valley City, where officers claim an employee asked them to leave the store on July 4
Justin Lums FOX 10 spoke to the president of the Tempe Officers Association, who said a customer told a Starbucks employee that they felt insecure because of the number of officers in the store.
According to TOA officials, Five Tempe officers had just bought their drinks and stood near the front of Starbucks, and that was when a barista made the request to the customer, and then they left. FOX 10 has learned that two of the officers, who are veterans, are offended and frustrated by what happened. On Friday, the association took social media and sent a "Dump Starbucks" photo.
Rob Ferraro, president of TOA, does not necessarily require a Starbucks boycott, but calls the event a new reality for officers.  "It has been accepted not to trust or see the police and think we are not here to serve you, and again it goes back to – we are proud of the level of customer service we provide to citizens and to be seen like feeling insecure when you have law enforcement around you is somewhat confusing to me, "said Ferraro, via telephone interview.
Starbucks officials have issued a written reply, read:
"We have great respect for the Tempe Police Department and its service to our community. We have come out to understand better what might have happened in our store, and to apologize for any misunderstandings or inappropriate behaviors that may have taken place. "