I guess in the era of progressives peddling a political correctness agenda, pushing full-blown socialism, and bashing cops, it shouldn’t shock us that these snowflakes feel unsafe around law enforcement. It’s ironic. Progressives need law enforcement to keep everyone in line under their authoritarian ethos as they try to implement their left-wing facelift for the country, but that’s for another time.
In Tempe, Arizona, some loser felt “unsafe” with five police officers drinking coffee at a local Starbucks. Yes, they were asked to leave. Neither the barista nor the individual who lobbed the complaint has been identified. Starbucks is still collecting the details, though the Tempe Police Association came out swinging on social media—and rightfully so (via Fox News):
Some police officers in Tempe, Ariz., say they were asked to leave a Starbucks coffee shop on the Fourth of July because a customer complained they “did not feel safe” with the cops present, according to reports.
Five officers were drinking coffee at the Starbucks location prior to their shift beginning when a barista asked them to move out of the complaining customer’s line of sight or else leave, the Tempe Officers Association wrote in a series of Twitter messages.
Rob Ferraro, president of the police union, told FOX 10 of Phoenix that such treatment of police officers seems to be happening more often these days.
A Starbucks spokesman told the Arizona Republic the company was still gathering details about what happened.
"We have a deep respect for the Tempe Police and their service to the community," spokesman Reggie Borges told the newspaper. "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.”
Don't appreciate @Starbucks asking our #Tempe cops to leave your establishment on the #4thofjuly2019. Several of those cops are #veterans who fought for this country! #ZeroRespect pic.twitter.com/oGaDKhlYX3— Tempe Officers Association (@ToaAz) July 5, 2019
1/4 A statement from the TOA on The July 4th incident and Starbucks’ treatment of police officers:— Tempe Officers Association (@ToaAz) July 6, 2019
Yesterday, on Independence Day, six Tempe police officers stopped by the Starbucks at Scottsdale Road and McKellips for coffee. The officers paid for their drinks...
2/4 and stood together having a cup of coffee before their long 4th of July shift. They were approached by a barista, who knew one of the officers by name, because he is a regular at that location. The barista said that a customer “did not feel safe” because of the police...— Tempe Officers Association (@ToaAz) July 6, 2019
3/4 ..presence. The barista asked the officers to move out of the customer’s line of sight or to leave.— Tempe Officers Association (@ToaAz) July 6, 2019
Disappointed, the officers did in fact leave.
This treatment of public safety workers could not be more disheartening. While the barista was polite, making such a request..
4/4.. at all was offensive. Unfortunately, such treatment has become all too common in 2019.— Tempe Officers Association (@ToaAz) July 6, 2019
We know this is not a national policy at Starbucks Corporate and we look forward to working collaboratively with them on this important dialogue.
This is one of many stories being reported across the country concerning people being morons about law enforcement. In Prince William County, Virginia six years ago, a Buffalo Wild Wings establishment refused to serve police officers in plain clothes because they were carrying their guns. In June, Kay Jewelers had to rush to avoid a public relations disaster when a store manager told a police officer he wasn’t allowed in the store to pick up his engagement ring because he was carrying his service firearm. The cop was in uniform. He was told he could leave his firearm in his squad car and retrieve his ring, a violation of department policy. Kay moved quickly, apologized to the officer, and fired the manager.
On the 4th of July a barista @Starbucks asked a group of police officers to leave or move out of sight because some idiot felt unsafe with police drinking coffee.— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) July 6, 2019
If this is where we are as a country it’s terribly sad. #DumpStarbucks pic.twitter.com/9hBXsv0pTW
Man, I wanted a coffee this morning, but I'm not supporting a company that doesn't support the people who sacrifice their safety for ours. #DumpStarbucks— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) July 6, 2019
On a side note, I don't really mind Starbucks, but Dunkin' Donuts is better.