Coffee Shop Won't Serve Cops In Order To Protect The 'Emotional Safety' Of Customers. Can You Guess Which State This Occurred In?

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Posted: Mar 10, 2018 6:00 PM
Coffee Shop Won't Serve Cops In Order To Protect The 'Emotional Safety' Of Customers. Can You Guess Which State This Occurred In?

A coffee shop doesn’t want to serve cops in uniform “to protect the physical and emotional safety” of their customers. They also claim to be protecting themselves as well. Well, if you guessed that this establishment is in California, specifically the San Francisco Bay area, you’d be correct. Only a raging progressive cesspool could produce a coffee shop asking a police sergeant to get lost because of political correctness. A local ABC News outlet tried to talk to the owner, but were kicked out. This incident reportedly occurred on February 16 (via KCRA):

Hasta Muerte Coffee, an employee-owned co-op, will not serve officers in uniform and turned away an officer a few weeks ago, as reported by NBC Bay Area.

The sergeant who was turned away from the shop a few weeks ago said he was surprised by employees refusing to serve him, but walked out without any incident or any coffee.

Coffee shop workers did not respond to requests for comment on the policy, but a post on their Instagram account showed a photo with writing in Spanish that says, "Talk to your neighbors, not the police."

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The post includes another picture of Facebook posts in which people object to the shop's policy because they refused to serve a sergeant in uniform who is also the president of the Latino Police Officers Association of Alameda County. On top of the posts, the shop wrote the words, "Not my president."

  

Oh, and the shop further elaborated on why they did this because they were getting heat from folks who were rightfully angered by this business practice. Here is part of their statement made on an Instagram post. It’s still total garbage, but then again—that’s the First Amendment. We have the right to mock and voice our outrage in return:

We know in our experience working on campaigns against police brutality that we are not alone saying that police presence compromises our feeling of physical & emotional safety.  There are those that do not share that sentiment - be it because they have a friend or relative who is a police, because they are white or have adopted the privileges whiteness affords, because they are home- or business- owning, or whatever the particular case may be. If they want to make claims about police being part of the community, or claims that race trumps the badge & gun when it comes to police, they must accept that the burden of proof for such a claim is on them. OPDs recent attempts to enlist officers of color and its short term touting of fewer officer involved shootings does not reverse or mend its history of corruption, mismanagement, and scandal, nor a legacy of blatant repression.

The facts are that poc, women, and queer police are complicit in upholding the same law and order that routinely criminalizes and terrorizes black and brown and poor folks, especially youth, trans, and houseless folks.


Last Friday February 16th a police (OPD) entered our shop and was told by one of our worker-owners that “we have a policy of asking police to leave for the physical and emotional safety of our customers and ourselves.” Since then, cop supporters are trying to publicly shame us online with low reviews because this particular police visitor was Latino. He broadcasted to his network that he was “refused service” at a local business and now the rumblings are spreading. We know in our experience working on campaigns against police brutality that we are not alone saying that police presence compromises our feeling of physical & emotional safety. There are those that do not share that sentiment - be it because they have a friend or relative who is a police, because they are white or have adopted the privileges whiteness affords, because they are home- or business- owning, or whatever the particular case may be. If they want to make claims about police being part of the community, or claims that race trumps the badge & gun when it comes to police, they must accept that the burden of proof for such a claim is on them. OPDs recent attempts to enlist officers of color and its short term touting of fewer officer involved shootings does not reverse or mend its history of corruption, mismanagement, and scandal, nor a legacy of blatant repression. The facts are that poc, women, and queer police are complicit in upholding the same law and order that routinely criminalizes and terrorizes black and brown and poor folks, especially youth, trans, and houseless folks. For these reasons and so many more, we need the support of the actual community to keep this place safe, not police. Especially in an area faced by drug sales and abuse, homelessness, and toxic masculinity as we see here on this block. We want to put this out to our communities now, in case we end up facing backlash because as we know OPD, unlike the community, has tons of resources, many of which are poured into maintaining smooth public relations to uphold power. It will be no surprise if some of those resources are steered toward discrediting us for not inviting them in as part of the community.

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What does race have to do with with police buying coffee? Also, when you use fake fake terms, like white privilege, and saying that law enforcement is an arm of state-sanctioned terrorism, you’re insane. Most of these officers swore another oath to protect this nation from all enemies foreign and domestic while serving in our armed forces. Are there bad cops? Yes. Do they need to be called out more often by conservatives? Yes. Does one bad cap make the entire community a bunch of terrorizing, white privileged hooligans? No. And I think even the most ardent liberal could understand that. I know the Left has gone insane, but hopefully not that crazy. So, police being members of the community is only something white people agree upon? Oh, and when people of color join the force, they adopt the privileges of whiteness? So, they’re race traitors? 

Also, how is home owning and owning small businesses an aspect of white privilege? This is every day American life. Some people work hard to become a homeowner; that’s a key facet of the American dream. Owning your own business is another. These aren’t race-specific goals or agendas. Any American can do this with hard work, perseverance, and determination. What the hell are they putting in this coffee? If anything, this is Exhibit A in undercutting the lofty narrative that liberalism is tolerant. 

The silver lining is that there are some local businesses in the area that are appalled by the coffee shop's practice of refusing service to police.