A group of Arizona police officers was recently asked to leave Starbucks after a customer complained that she does not feel safe with them around.
Five cops from the Tempe Police Department were having coffee when they were approached by a staff member who told them that a customer has complained about their presence in the coffee shop and that she doesn’t feel comfortable with them being there.
The staff member further asked them to either move out of the customer’s line of sight or leave the shop entirely.
President of the union, Rob 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 police union also took to social media and addressed the incident in a chain of tweets calling the entire episode as ‘disheartening’.
‘While the barista was polite, making such a request at all was offensive. Unfortunately, such treatment has become all too common in 2019.’
The police union believes that Starbucks is not entirely at fault. However, earlier in the day, the union tweeted, ‘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’.
A spokesperson for the company has revealed that an investigation is initiated in the matter. Reggie Borges told the newspaper, ‘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.’
The customer who allegedly made the complaint has not been named.
Source – Daily Mail