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After Cops Asked to Leave, #DumpStarbucks Ensues

Coffee chain apologizes to Tempe police department
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2019 6:54 AM CDT
This is the Starbucks sign outside a Starbucks coffee shop in downtown Pittsburgh on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Newser) – Starbucks is finding itself in grande trouble with the police department in Tempe, Ariz., after a branch asked six cops to leave on the Fourth of July after a customer complained that they were making him or her uncomfortable, reports ABC News. "Don't appreciate @Starbucks asking our #Tempe cops to leave your establishment on the #4thofjuly2019," tweeted the Tempe Officers Association. "Several of those cops are #veterans who fought for this country! #ZeroRespect." It wasn't long before #DumpStarbucks was trending, and the company was quickly and formally apologizing. Says a company rep: "When something like this happens—if there was something we did that doesn’t align with our mission and value—we address it. I’m glad we had that line of communication with the Tempe Police Department." (Read more Starbucks stories.)

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