Starbucks announced on Friday that they have fired a barista who allegedly gave an Oklahoma officer coffee cups with “PIG” on the labels.
Calling the term “offensive to all law enforcement,” the company said an internal investigation determined that their employee’s reported actions violated policy. Starbucks also said that they personally apologized to the officer in question in addition to Kiefer Police chief Johnny O’Mara, who called attention to the alleged Thanksgiving incident in a Facebook post.
“This is absolutely unacceptable, and we are deeply sorry to the law enforcement officer who experienced this.”
Earlier, O’Mara wrote that an officer in his department was buying coffees for his fellow dispatchers on Thanksgiving when he received the cups with the inflammatory label. The chief claimed he called the Starbucks to complain and was told that they would “replace the coffee with a correct label.”
In addition to apologizing, Starbucks said their partners will be collaborating with law enforcement departments around the country to harbor a better understanding and respect.
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