The hashtag #DumpStarbucks has been trending on Twitter after a group of Arizona police officers was asked to leave Starbucks on July 4. The incident happened because a customer complained that she did not feel safe with being around.
President of the union, Rob Ferraro, believed the treatment that the five police officers received was an unfortunate sign of the times and urged the public to boycott the brand.
Kaya Jones also tweeted under the hashtag: ‘If you feel unsafe around cops you’re a criminal.’
Another tweet said: ‘Thank You, Police Officers, For Keeping America Safe.’
However, a few social media users pointed out that the same police department shot dead a 14-year-old boy. Antonio Arce had a BB gun on him when law enforcement killed him.
The Police Department further explained that Officer Joseph Jaen met with Chief Slyvia Moir and has also accepted his resignation in May. Jaen found a suspicious car when he spotted Arce allegedly burglarizing a truck. He fired the weapon because he thought the teen’s gun was real.
Body-worn cameras later showed that Arce did not appear to point a weapon at Jaen.
One tweet said, ‘Maybe people should ask themselves why is it that American citizens are increasingly feeling uncomfortable with police presence? What are they doing? I’ve never heard of firefighters or EMTs being denied service.’
Talking about the incidence, Ferraro told FOX 10, ‘It’s become accepted to not trust or to see police and think that we’re not here to serve you.’
‘And again, it goes back to – we take great pride of the level of customer service we provide to citizens, and to be looked at as feeling unsafe when you have law enforcement around you is somewhat perplexing to me.’
The union earlier clarified that they do not blame Starbucks for this but later in the day, they tweeted a parody of the Starbucks logo, urging people to boycott the brand using the hashtag.
‘Don’t appreciate @Starbucks asking our #Tempe cops to leave your establishment on July 4,’ an accompanying message read. ‘Several of those cops are #veterans who fought for this country! #ZeroRespect’.
Reggie Borges, a spokesperson, Starbucks said, ‘We have a deep respect for the Tempe Police and their service to the community.’
‘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.’
Source – Daily Mail