Executives from global coffee retailer Starbucks huddled Monday with an Arizona police department after members of the law enforcement community were abruptly booted from the chain because customers allegedly “did not feel safe” near the officers.
“The executives met with the department on Sunday and continued working with authorities there Monday following the July 4 incident in the Phoenix suburb,” reports Fox News.
“According to the Tempe Officers Association, the police officers had just purchased their drinks and were standing together when a barista asked them ‘to move out of the customer’s line of sight or to leave’ after a customer complained about feeling unsafe,” adds Fox.
“This treatment of public safety workers could not be more disheartening,” the association wrote in a Facebook post on Friday. “While the barista was polite, making such a request at all was offensive.”
“We would like to thank the public for the overwhelming support shown to our officers in the aftermath of this unfortunate incident.
“We are encouraged that Starbucks has reached out to our organization and to the Tempe Police Department to apologize and to further express their support for law enforcement.
“We hope that out of this unfortunate moment there comes a welcome dialogue, one that more closely unites the men and women on the frontlines of police work with the communities we serve and protect,” adds the Facebook Post.
Starbucks made national headlines last year after the company closed all American-based stores to hold racial sensitivity training and installed hundreds of “needle-disposal” boxes in their bathrooms.
“Starbucks stores in at least 25 US markets have installed needle-disposal boxes in bathrooms in recent months. By this summer, the chain aims to have installed sharps boxes in bathrooms in all regions where such action has been deemed necessary,” reports Business Insider.
“We are always working and listening to our partners on ways we can better support them when it comes to issues like these,” said Reggie Borges, a spokesperson with the global chain.
The giant corporation is under at least one investigation related to discarded syringes after two employees in Oregon claimed they were stuck with “hypodermic needles” while working for the company.
COFFEE CHAOS: California ORDERS Starbucks to WARN Customers of 'Coffee Risk'
A judge in California sided with a local non-profit group this week and ordered coffee retail giant Starbucks and other purveyors to warn customers of the drink’s “cancer risk,” saying chemicals used in the roasting process can be harmful to people’s health.
“The lawsuit claimed those companies violated state law, which requires them to warn consumers about chemicals in the roasting process that may cause cancer. One of those chemicals is acrylamide, which is a carcinogen,” writes ABC News.
It’s unclear how one of the nation’s largest coffee manufacturers plans to comply with the ruling; with experts predicting cigarette-style warnings on future Starbuck’s disposable cups.
The judge’s decision echoes a similar lawsuit years ago, when national fast-food chain McDonald’s was compelled to warn customers of the drink’s “Hot Temperature” risk.
The move comes as California residents struggle to come to terms with decades of liberal policies and the state’s ‘Sanctuary City’ guidelines; prompting many locals to flee the region’s high taxes and soaring crime rates.
COFFEE CHAOS: Starbucks CLOSES 8,000 Stores for Anti-Bias Training
Worldwide coffee retailer Starbucks will officially close 8,000 stores Tuesday, offering anti-bias training to over 175,000 employees just weeks after a manager called the police on two African American men waiting to use the restroom.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz released an official statement to all Starbucks customers Tuesday morning, saying the closures represent a “new chapter” in the history of the company.
“Recently, a Starbucks manager in Philadelphia called the police a few minutes after two black men arrived at a store and sat waiting for a friend. They had not yet purchased anything when the police were called. After police arrived they arrested the two men. The situation was reprehensible and does not represent our company’s mission and enduring values,” writes Schultz.
“After investigating what happened, we determined that insufficient support and training, a company policy that defined customers as paying patrons—versus anyone who enters a store—and bias led to the decision to call the police,” he adds.
The incident prompted the coffee giant to revise their bathroom policy; allowing anyone -including those who haven’t purchased anything- to use the store’s restrooms.
Read the full letter here.