Leftist Starbucks Worker Boasted About Spitting in Cops' Drinks, Gets Rude Awakening
Kevin Trejo arrested for tampering with police officers' coffees
A leftist anti-police Starbucks worker has been dealt a brutal rude awakening after he boasted about spitting in the drinks he was serving to cops.
After "bragging" of his crimes, 21-year-old Kevin Trejo was arrested for tampering with police officers' coffees and fired from his job at a Starbucks in Park Ridge, New Jersey.
On Monday, Trejo was charged with subjecting a law enforcement officer to contact with a bodily fluid, tampering with a cup of coffee knowing it was ordered by a police officer, and creating a hazardous condition.
Trejo admitted to spitting in the drinks of police officers, Chief Joseph Madden told NJ.com Tuesday.
Chief Madden said Trejo was "arrogant enough to be bragging about" the offense which led police to question him.
The barista's actions were "very disturbing," Madden added.
Madden also told the outlet that Starbucks cooperated and that the incident did not involve any other workers.
A Starbucks spokeswoman confirmed that Trejo was fired.
Sara Autio told NJ: "This individual’s behavior was reprehensible and not at all a reflection of how our employees treat our customers on a daily basis.
"We want everyone who comes into our stores to receive a positive experience and when that doesn’t occur, we move quickly to address it and hold ourselves accountable."
State Policemen Benevolent Association president Patrick Colligan also told the outlet in a statement: "Every time I think we as society hit bottom, there is a new incident.
"Officers risk their lives daily, it shouldn’t be while getting coffee."
Park Ridge Police Capt. Joseph Rampolla told the outlet that "under the current COVID threat, it is extremely disturbing to think that someone would intentionally spit in your drink."
It wasn't known how many times Trejo allegedly spit in drinks or how many officers' drinks were tainted, NorthJersey.com said.
Officers who may have received the tainted drinks will be tested for the coronavirus, police told the New York Daily News.
The Park Ridge coffee shop historically enjoyed an amicable relationship with local police and hosted numerous "Coffee with a Cop" events, Rampolla added to NorthJersey.com.
"We believe this was an isolated act, but it does not remove the shock and disgust that our officers feel," Rampolla noted to the outlet.
The incident comes amid a growing anti-cop sentiment in many communities across the United States in the weeks since George Floyd's death in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.
The New York City metropolitan area has seen a particularly long list of attacks on police:
- A frequent participant in Occupy City Hall protests in New York City was caught on surveillance video Friday afternoon allegedly trying to cut the brake lines of a police van in Brooklyn.
- NYPD officers were physically attacked on the Brooklyn Bridge last week by Occupy City Hall protesters, leaving one officer with multiple fractures of his orbital bones and cuts needing 12 stitches. And when NYPD Chief of Department Terrance Monahan intervened, court documents said the department's highest-ranking uniformed officer was punched in the face, too.
- And earlier this month cellphone video caught the moment an NYPD cop fought a gang member who apparently was interfering in an arrest. The gang member allegedly puts the officer in a headlock — and then the taunting began: "You just got smoked, p***y!"