Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
An Oklahoma Starbucks is under fire after one of their baristas wrote an offensive name on the label for a police officer’s order.
The officer went into the Starbucks to get coffee and hot chocolate for their dispatchers on Thanksgiving but, when he got their order, one of the cups was labeled “PIG” which is a derogatory name for law enforcement officers.
Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O’Mara shared a photo of the insulting cup handed to one of his officers, who purchased the beverages on Thursday morning in Glenpool, just south of Tulsa, as a kind gesture for the dispatchers on duty, Fox News reports.
Chief O’Mara wrote in a Facebook post:
“So… one of my on-duty officers decides to do something nice for our dispatchers. It’s Thanksgiving Day; our dispatchers are under appreciated as it is. My officer goes to Starbucks to get the dispatchers coffee as a thank you for all they do (especially when they’re working a holiday.)
This is what he gets for being nice.
What irks me is the absolute and total disrespect for a police officer who, instead of being home with family and enjoying a meal and a football game, is patrolling his little town.
This cup of coffee for a “pig” is just another little flag. It’s another tiny symptom and a nearly indiscernible shout from a contemptuous, roaring and riotous segment of a misanthropic society that vilifies those who stand for what’s right and glorifies the very people who would usher in the destruction of the social fabric. It’s another tiny pinprick into the heart of men and women who are asking themselves more often: “Why am I doing this?”
Just pour the coffee, please. Are we at a point where a task as simple as pouring an exceptionally overpriced cup of coffee is so complicated that it cannot be accomplished without “expressing oneself?”
As a side note, I called the store and was told they’d be happy to “replace the coffee with a correct label.” The proverb ‘Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me’ came to mind.
Thank you, first responders, for risking it all this Thanksgiving away from your families. If you’re looking for coffee use a place where you pour your own and you’re certain of what’s in it.). Stay safe; go home.”
Starbucks responded in the coments section on the post:
“This is totally unacceptable and offensive to all law enforcement. We are deeply sorry and have apologized directly to the officer who experienced this. We have launched an internal investigation into this matter and our leaders would like to connect with you directly to apologize to you and the entire department. We invite you to send us a private message so that we may connect you with our leadership.”
The barista has been suspended “pending the outcome of our investigation,” Starbucks told FOX 25 Thursday night.
The police chief said that when he called the coffee chain, they offered to “replace the coffee with a correct label,” but he said that given Starbucks’ track record of other anti-police incidents, he wasn’t buying it.
“The proverb ‘Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me’ came to mind,” he wrote.
A spokesperson for Starbucks, Jory Mendes, said that the incident “is absolutely unacceptable,” in a statement to CNN.
“We are deeply sorry to the law enforcement officer who experienced this. We have also apologized directly to him and we are working to connect with the police chief as well as to express our remorse,” he said in a phone call.
“This language is offensive to all law enforcement and is not representative of the deep appreciation we have for police officers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe,” he said.
These scumbags don’t respect the sacrifices that police officers, LEO, first responders and our military heroes and the dangers they face on a daily basis.
My advice- when you see one of our heroes make sure to thank them and let them know how much you appreciate their dedication to keep America safe.
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Dean James at Right Wing Tribune