Five police officers with the Tempe, Arizona Police Department were shocked last week when sipping coffee at a local Starbucks restaurant. The cops, waiting for their shift to begin for the day, were taken aback when a server came up to them and gave them a choice: They could either move to another area of the restaurant or they could leave altogether. Why? Because a customer in the restaurant complained that they “did not feel safe” as long as the police officers were present in the shop.
In remarks to the Fox affiliate in Phoenix, Tempe Officers Association president Rob Ferraro said it was a sign of the times.
“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, and to be looked at as feeling unsafe when you have law enforcement around you is somewhat perplexing to me,” Ferraro said.
In a series of messages on Twitter, the police union expressed their dismay over the incident.
“This treatment of public safety workers could not be more disheartening,” the union tweeted. “While the barista was polite, making such a request at all was offensive. Unfortunately, such treatment has become all too common in 2019.”
To their credit, the Starbucks corporate office was quick to distance itself from the actions of the barista.
“We have a deep respect for the Tempe Police and their service to the community,” a spokesman told the Arizona Republic. “We’ve reached out to the Tempe Police Department and Tempe Officers Association to better understand what happened and apologize. We want everyone in our stores to feel welcomed and the incident described is not indicative of what we want any of our customers to feel in our stores.”
This is, unfortunately, less a reflection on Starbucks than it is a reflection of where the left’s culture is in 2019. Granted, the company didn’t do itself any favors when it went overboard on “racism training” after an incident in Philly last year, but they only did THAT because they were terrified of the Black Lives Matter backlash. It’s gotten to the point where any pro-police sentiment is simultaneously “anti-black,” and that’s just ridiculous.
Hopefully, Starbucks will spend as much time training their employees not to cave in to idiotic customers and remind the public that their restaurants are not a “safe space” away from cops, conservatives, or any of the other things they hate about America.