KIEFER, Okla. – On Friday, Starbucks and the Kiefer Police Department issued the following statement regarding this incident.
Starbucks and the Kiefer Police Department are committed to using this regrettable incident as an opportunity to leverage our shared platforms to promote greater civility. 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 offers play in keeping our communities safe. Together with law enforcement agencies, Starbucks will jointly look for educational opportunities for our partners across the United States to promote better understanding and respect.
A police officer in Oklahoma said he was given a Starbucks cup with an insult printed on it.
Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O’Mara said in a Facebook post that the cup was given to one of his officers, who was picking up an order at a Starbucks.
O’Mara posted a picture of the label, which had the word “PIG” printed on it where the customer’s name goes.
In his post, O’Mara posed the question:
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?”
Starbucks spokesman Jory Mendes apologized for the incident, calling it “absolutely unacceptable.”
Mendes said the employee has been suspended while the matter is investigated.