Starbucks fires employee after offensive message is written on police officer's drink order
A Starbucks employee has been fired after writing a message derogatory to law enforcement on an Oklahoma police officer's venti hot chocolate.
Per a since-deleted social media post written by Kiefer Police Department Chief Johnny O'Mara, an on-duty officer went to a local Starbucks on Thanksgiving morning to order beverages for dispatchers who were also working over the holiday.
But when he received the order, one of the labels had derogatory law enforcement language, "pig", written on it, per O'Mara's Facebook post.
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The police chief took to social media after calling the Starbucks site and receiving what amounted to an unsatisfactory response.
"What irks me is the absolute and total disrespect for a police officer who, instead of being home with family and enjoying a meal and a football game, is patrolling his little town." The police chief wrote on social media.
"As a side note, I called the store and was told they’d be happy to 'replace the coffee with a correct label.' The proverb 'Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me' came to mind," O'Mara continued, in a post that ABC news reports has since been deleted.
According to a statement from Starbucks, an apology has been issued for the "regrettable incident" and the employee in question has been fired;
"In the coming days, Starbucks will be meeting with the Kiefer Police Department to begin discussing ways to work together, including a jointly hosted Coffee with a Cop event at Starbucks where local law enforcement can meet with baristas and members of the community to discuss the critical role dispatchers and police officers play in keeping our communities safe," the Starbucks statement read. "This language is offensive to all law enforcement and is not representative of the deep appreciation we have for police officers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe."
Per CNN, Starbucks and Kiefer police said in a joint statement that they're using the incident "as an opportunity to leverage our shared platforms to promote greater civility."