From freelancers and quasi-novelists to coteries of yummy mummies debating the pros and cons of the latest Range Rover Evoque, it’s fair to say the American coffee behmouth is loved the world over.
But for the people that work there, it can be quite a different experience.
After all, anyone who has worked a menial job will tell you that putting on a happy face when you don’t want to be there is the hardest part of the job, but one Starbucks employee in Oklahoma, America, appears to have lost patience with customer decorum a long time ago.
In yet another viral story to sting the economically thriving yet PR-blighted coffee chain, an employee was fired after she wrote “Pig” on the coffee cup of an Oklahoma police officer.
Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O’Mara says one of his officers picked up five cups of coffee today at the Glenpool @Starbucks for his dispatchers, as a thank you for working on Thanksgiving.
— Amy Slanchik (@amyslanchik) November 28, 2019
The officer had popped into the local store on Thanksgiving morning to collect a round of beverages for his fellow dispatchers, only to be greeted with a derogatory slur on the cup of an officer’s venti hot chocolate.
Taken aback, Kiefer Police Department Chief Johnny O’Mara took to Facebook to expose the Seattle-based company after O’Mara called the company to complain only to receive an unsatisfactory response.
“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,” O’Mara wrote in a post that has since been removed from the chief’s page.
Johnny O’Mara, Kiefer police chief takes the high road when commenting about the Starbucks employee who labeled the police officer’s hot chocolate with the word “Pig”. He calls for civility and is a true leader for his force. God bless this man and the officers who keep us safe❤️
— Jennifer Theriot (@JenTheRiot) November 30, 2019
Following the post, Starbucks issued a formal apology lamenting the “regrettable incident” and dismissed the barista.
In an official statement, Starbucks said they would be liaising with the local law enforcement in a bid to improve community safety.
“In the coming days, Starbucks will be meeting with the Kiefer Police Department to begin discussing ways to work together, including a jointly hosted Coffee with a Cop event at Starbucks where local law enforcement can meet with baristas and members of the community to discuss the critical role dispatchers and police officers play in keeping our communities safe.
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.”
Seems like a bit of a harsh punishment but there we go.
Don’t f*ck with the po-po.