TEMPE – Six officers were asked to leave a Tempe area Starbucks on July 4th when another Starbucks customer said, “He didn’t feel safe around police.”
Now Starbucks has issued a statement saying that that was wrong.
“What occurred in our store on July 4 is never the experience your officers or any customer should have, and at Starbucks, we are already taking the necessary steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again in the future,” said Rossann Williams Executive Vice President of U.S. Retail.
Williams explains that discussions with the Tempe Police Department they have decided to host several “Coffee with a Cop” events in their area stores to help the Police/Civilian disconnect they are experiencing.
Vice President Williams said, “At Starbucks, we have deep appreciation for your department and the officers who serve the Tempe community. Our partners rely on your service and welcome your presence, which keeps our stores and the community a safe and welcoming place.”