The Tempe, Az., Police Department hopes a Starbucks barista’s asking six officers to leave a store on July 4 was “an isolated incident,” reports the Arizona Republic. A Starbucks vice president, Rossann Williams, issued an apology to the police department after speaking with Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir. “On behalf of Starbucks, I want to sincerely apologize to you all for the experience that six of your officers had in our store on July 4,” Williams said. She said the officers should have been “welcomed and treated with dignity and the utmost respect by our partners (employees).” She said the way they were treated was “completely unacceptable.”
On Thursday, a customer reportedly felt unsafe when the six police officers chose to drink coffee at Starbucks before their Fourth of July shift. A tweet Friday from the Tempe Officers Association said that a barista at the Starbucks, who knew one of the policemen by name because he was a regular, asked the officers to either move out of the customer’s sight or leave. Although the barista was polite, the officers were disappointed at the treatment they received. “This treatment of public safety workers could not be more disheartening,” the police organization said, adding that the request was offensive. The Tempe Officers Association said that treatment like this is “all too common” in 2019.