Starbucks Worker Writes 'PIG' on Police Officer's Thanksgiving Day Order
Oklahoma cop attempted to lift colleagues' spirits while working through holiday
Starbucks has been forced to issue an apology after one of its workers labeled an Oklahoma police officer's Thanksgiving Day order with the word "PIG."
The unnamed cop bought a round of beverages from Starbucks on Thursday in an attempt to lift the spirits of his colleagues who were working through the holiday.
However, one of the "baristas" at the branch in Glenpool, just south of Tulsa, took the opportunity to insult the officer who gave up time with his family to serve the community.
Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O'Mara shared a photo of the insulting cup handed to one of his officers, who purchased the drinks on Thanksgiving Day as a kind gesture for the dispatchers on duty.
“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,” O'Mara wrote on Facebook.
O'Mara's post quickly went viral, with Starbucks adding a comment apologizing for the incident.
"This cup of coffee for a 'pig' is just another little flag," O'Mara continued as he highlighted Starbucks' track record for anti-Police staff members.
"It’s another tiny symptom and a nearly indiscernible shout from a contemptuous, roaring and riotous segment of a misanthropic society that vilifies those who stand for what’s right and glorifies the very people who would usher in the destruction of the social fabric.
"It’s another tiny pinprick into the heart of men and women who are asking themselves more often: 'Why am I doing this?'
"Just pour the coffee, please.
"Are we at a point where a task as simple as pouring an exceptionally overpriced cup of coffee is so complicated that it cannot be accomplished without 'expressing oneself?'
"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.
"Thank you, first responders, for risking it all this Thanksgiving away from your families.
"If you’re looking for coffee use a place where you pour your own and you’re certain of what’s in it.). Stay safe; go home."
The barista has been suspended "pending the outcome of our investigation," Starbucks told FOX 25 Thursday night.
The police chief said that when he called the coffee chain, they offered to "replace the coffee with a correct label," but he said that given Starbucks' track record of other anti-police incidents, he wasn't buying it.
The Seattle-based company apologized online calling the incident "totally unacceptable and offensive to all law enforcement," which the police chief acknowledged.
"Our society needs a touch of old fashioned civility restored," O'Mara concluded.
"Maybe we could use this bad event and convert it into something better."