The Riverside County Sheriff took to Twitter Thursday, attacking Starbucks for their employees’ treatment of two deputies.
“Two of our deputies were refused service at Starbucks. The anti-police culture repeatedly displayed by Starbucks employees must end,” tweeted Sheriff Chad Bianco.
Two of our deputies were refused service at Starbucks. The anti police culture repeatedly displayed by Starbucks employees must end. https://t.co/XXgjtJ9GcH
— Chad Bianco (@SheriffBianco) December 14, 2019
Officials with the Riverside County Sheriff Department also tweeted, “We are aware of the “cop with no coffee” incident that occurred in Riverside on 12/12/19, involving our @RSO deputies. We are in communication w/ @StarbucksCorporate addressing the issue of deputies being denied service. #copwithnocoffee #starbucks.”
The exact location of the Starbucks has not been released.
Channel 3 News in Los Angeles reported Starbucks issued the following apology:
“There is simply no excuse for how two Riverside deputies were ignored for nearly 5 minutes at our store on Thursday evening. We are deeply sorry and reached out to apologize directly to them. We take full responsibility for any intentional or unintentional disrespect shown to law enforcement on whom we depend every day to keep our stores and communities safe. No customer, in or out of uniform, should ever have that experience at a Starbucks. The partners (employees) who worked that evening will not be scheduled to work while we investigate and take the appropriate steps.”
Has the coffee chain created a culture among its employees nationwide that discriminates against police officers?
In November, a Starbucks barista in Glenpool, Oklahoma, wrote “pig” on multiple cups of coffee the police chief was picking up for himself and fellow officers.
Oklahoma is a largely conservative state as is the community of Glenpool, and the situation did not go well with local residents. Starbucks issued an apology and the employees were suspended.
According to a Twitter post, Chief O’Mara in Oklahoma said his officer received a phone call from the @Starbucks employee today who made the “pig” labels. She apologized, and said it was meant to be a joke between her and another co-worker.
UPDATE: Chief O'Mara says his officer received a phone call from the @Starbucks employee today who made the "pig" labels. He tells me she apologized, and said it was meant to be a joke between her and another co-worker.
— Amy Slanchik (@amyslanchik) November 29, 2019
Starbucks also apologized to the Tempe, Arizona Police Department in July 2019 after police officers were asked to leave a Starbucks store. A customer complained said they did not feel safe in the presence of the six officers who stopped to get coffee. A barista asked the officers to leave after they had purchased their drinks.
Sheriff Bianco posted Saturday morning a photo with his follow deputies at Coffee Bean with the simple statement, “I heard they wanted coffee.”