Starbucks recently offered an apology to six police officers who were asked to leave Starbucks on the Fourth of July because they made a customer feel incredibly ‘unsafe’ while they sat drinking coffee, according to the Pluralist. It all originated from the six officers drinking coffee in the front of the store and talking amongst themselves when they were asked to leave by a barista who told them that they needed to move from the customer’s sight.
“The barista told the officers one customer felt unsafe with the number of cops in the store,” according to the Tempe Officers Association. The officers abided by her request without issue. “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,” said Temp Officers Association President Rob Ferraro in a statement. Rossann Williams, executive vice president/president of retail for Starbucks issued a formal statement of apology to the police involved.