A corporate spokesperson for Starbucks issued a full apology Sunday after news of an incident in one of the coffee chain’s Arizona outlets went viral.
On Saturday, The Daily Wire’s Ashe Schow reported that a barista at a Starbucks in Tempe, Arizona, asked several police officers, who get coffee at the shop regularly, to move out of a customer’s line of sight or leave the premesis, claiming that the mere presence of several law enforcement officials made the customer “not feel safe.” . . .
A second statement, posted to the Tempe Offices Assocation’s Facebook page, fleshed out the incident, adding that, “[t]he barista said that a customer ‘did not feel safe’ because of the police presence. The barista asked the officers to move out of the customer’s line of sight or to leave.” . . .
The Tempe Police Department later said, in a statement from their public relations department, that they’d reached out to Starbucks’s corporate office and that Starbucks was aware of the incident. On Sunday, according to NPR, a representative from the Tempe Police Department met with members of Starbucks’ leadership team and the company issued an official apology. . .
Regardless, Starbucks is now facing a nationwide backlash and possible boycott — and the apology may not be enough. After a group of black males was asked to leave a Seattle Starbucks in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, because the manager on duty believed they were loitering, Starbucks shut down all of its U.S. retail outlets for a hours-long “sensitivity training” on the subject of race relations, (Read more from “Starbucks Throws out Cops to Protect Others” HERE)