Tempe police leave Starbucks — a group of offircers from the Tempe police department were forced to leave a Starbucks because their presence allegedly made the customers feel unsafe.
A group of six police officers from the Tempe Police Department reported on social media that a Starbucks barista had asked them to leave the store because their presence made other customers feel unsafe.
According to TOA officials, a group of five Tempe officers had just bought their drinks and stood near the front of the Starbucks, and that’s when a barista made the request for the customer, and so, they left. FOX 10 has learned that two of the officers, who are veterans, are offended and frustrated by what happened. On Friday, the association took to social media, and posted a “Dump Starbucks” photo.
The post however has started a whole new hashtag #DumpStarbucks with people on both sides of the opinion spectrum using the hashtag to make their point.
” Those of y’all who want to #DumpStarbucks because some police officers were asked to leave are the same people who were real quiet when two black men were arrested for waiting at a Starbucks. But I digress,” a user wrote.
It’s not the first that the employee of a business has refused to serve police officers due to perceived discrimination against minorities. In July 2017, Constable Scott Naff of the Department of Sport Fishing and Inland Fisheries of Virginia went to McDonald’s Drive during his short break to order a meal. After paying for his food, he went to the next window. The employee who worked there saw that Naff was a policeman and refused to serve him.
Scott Naff’s wife, Cathy, described on Facebook the humiliation the officer felt, stating that the young man “moved away from the window” and “said something to my husband”.
As the window was closed, Scott Naff could not hear the man, so the man approached to open the window and started telling him, “I’m not serving the police,” before closing the window.
“Of course, my husband was shocked,” Cathy Naff told Fox and Friends in an interview.
Interactions between the police and minorities have been tensed in recent years following the shooting of several unarmed black men by the police.