Starbucks manager says she was wrongfully fired over 'pig' cup scandal
A manager of a Starbucks chain where a cop received an order labeled ''Pig'' says she was wrongfully fired because of the coffee chain.
The scandal began when Kiefer Police Department Chief Johnny O'Mara uploaded a now-deleted picture of a cheque he received after he went to his local Starbucks in Glenpool on Thanksgiving morning. Someone had scrawled the anti-police epithet "pig" on it.
O'Mara captioned the picture of the offensive cheque to Facebook: "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."
He added: "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."
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According to ABC News, Starbucks later issued a statement regarding the controversy, in which a spokesperson claimed: "Starbucks will be meeting with the Kiefer Police Department to begin discussing ways to work together."
They added: "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."
However, according to the news station KTUL, former-manager Lola Price claims: "I was terminated from my position because Starbucks was looking for someone to take the blame for this and to save some face from their company."
She also added that she had tried to be diplomatic about the offensive receipt while O'Mara has still been on the premises, stating: "He laughed it off, said it was cool. I handed him his blueberry muffin and I went back off the floor to continue doing my shift manager duties ... [Starbucks] wanted to make it seem like they were right on top of everything... terminated me from my position with no cause [sic]."