Starbucks Barista Prints Nasty Word on Cop's Coffee

Oklahoma Police Chief Johnny O'Mara did not hold back
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 30, 2019 9:40 AM CST

An Oklahoma police officer was picking up Starbucks coffees on Thanksgiving and noticed a word on the label: "PIG." And it didn't end there. "This is what he gets for being nice," Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O'Mara wrote on Facebook, saying the coffees were meant for dispatch officers, CNN reports. "What irks me is the absolute and total disrespect for a police officer who, instead of being home with family and enjoying a meal and a football game, is patrolling his little town." O'Mara also called the Glenpool store, talked to the manager, and was offered new labels—and the employee who did it called the officer and personally apologized, saying it was supposed to be a joke, per KTUL. But Starbucks said Friday the employee had been fired.

"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," the company added. Starbucks and Kiefer police also plan to meet and host an event to let local officers meet with community members and baristas. But is the wound healed? "This cup of coffee for a 'pig' is just another little flag," wrote O'Mara in his viral post, calling it "another tiny symptom and a nearly indiscernible shout from a contemptuous, roaring and riotous segment of a misanthropic society that vilifies those who stand for what’s right and glorifies the very people who would usher in the destruction of the social fabric." (Last year, a barista wrote something else on a coffee label.)

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