Starbucks apologizes for kicking officers out of store

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Published on July 7, 2019 - Duration: 01:18s

Starbucks apologizes for kicking officers out of store

Starbucks apologized on Sunday after an employee at one of its stores in Tempe, Arizona asked six police officers to leave, triggering social media backlash.

Linda So reports.

Starbucks apologizes for kicking officers out of store

Starbucks issued a formal apology on Sunday after six police officers were asked to leave one of its stores in Tempe, Arizona, triggering a social media backlash.

According to the Tempe Officers Association, the officers visited the store on July 4th, paid for drinks, and were hanging out inside before their afternoon shift began.

That's when a Starbucks employee approached the officers and asked them to leave or move because their presence was making a customer feel unsafe.

The officers listened and left.

SOUNDBITE: ROBERT FERRARO, TEMPE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT, SAYING: "Two of them are veterans, one having served over 20 years in the military, and especially on July 4th it was pretty upsetting to have that request made." Following the incident, users took to Twitter to support the police, tweeting comments along with the hashtag boycottstarbucks.

SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED PERSON, SAYING: "If just their presence is making you feel unsafe, I think that's a little bit ridiculous." SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED PERSON, SAYING: "Sometimes you know, people they get jittery around cops, or you know, they just get nervous or out of body." Last year, Starbucks was mired in a racial profiling incident involving the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia store.

Starbucks later settled with the men privately and temporarily closed 8,000 U.S. stores for anti-bias training.

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