An Oklahoma police chief’s post on Facebook is going viral. One of the chiefs officers stopped by Starbucks on Thanksgiving day to buy cups of coffee for his dispatchers only to discover the word ‘pig’ written on one of the cups. After seeing the cups the Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O’Mara reached out to the manager of the Starbucks who said they deferred the incident to their corporate office. The chief then wrote this response on to his Facebook page.
O’mara called the incident “gut-wrenching” adding “especially knowing that these cups were going to dispatchers. These people are there waiting for 911 calls to come in.”
In response to the incident, Starbucks responded saying.
This is absolutely unacceptable and we are deeply sorry to the law enforcement officer who experienced this. We have also apologized directly to him and we are working to connect with the police chief as well as to express our remorse. The barista has been suspended pending the outcome of our investigation into this matter. 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.
Jory Mendes a spokesman for Starbucks said the Barista responsible has been suspended pending an investigation.
Off-camera the officer who received the cup said the employee who wrote the message on the cup reached out personally to apologize saying it was meant as a joke.