Starbucks Issues Apology After Police Officers Were Asked to Leave Their Store

July 07, 2019Jul 07, 2019

Starbucks has recently issued an apology to an Arizona police department. The apology comes after a barista at a store in Tempe, Arizona asked a group of police officers to leave the coffee shop on the Fourth of July.

According to reports, six officers are asked to leave because a customer said she was feeling uncomfortable and unsafe with their presence inside the Starbucks.

Starbucks apologized for the "misunderstanding or inappropriate behavior that may have taken place" surrounding the incident.

Rossann Williams, executive vice president, president U.S. retail, reached out to the Tempe Police Department with a letter that said: "On behalf of Starbucks, I want to sincerely apologize to you all for the experience that six of your officers had in our store on July 4. When those officers entered the store and a customer raised a concern over their presence, they should have been welcomed and treated with dignity and the utmost respect by our partners (employees). Instead, they were made to feel unwelcome and disrespected, which is completely unacceptable."

She went on to say, "At Starbucks, we have deep appreciation for your department and the officers who serve the Tempe community. Our partners rely on your service and welcome your presence, which keeps our stores and the community a safe and welcoming place."

After news of this incident began making headlines, there was an outpouring of support for the Tempe Police Department and law enforcement as a whole.

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