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Starbucks apologizes after 6 police officers say they were asked to leave Arizona store

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This time, though, the coffee giant is apologizing to officers with the Tempe Police Department in Arizona. In a statement Friday, the Tempe Officers Association said six officers walked into a Starbucks to enjoy some coffee on July Fourth. The group was approached by a barista who told the officers that a customer "did not feel safe" because of their presence. "The barista asked the officers to move out of the customer's line of sight or to leave," the association said. The officers ultimately left the store "disappointed." "This treatment of public safety workers could not be more disheartening. While the barista was polite, making such a request at all was offensive," the statement read. "Unfortunately, such treatment has become all too common in 2019."Hours before releasing that statement, the association released an altered Starbucks graphic on Twitter and Facebook with a hand pouring out coffee reading "Dump Starbucks." The graphic also led to the hashtag #DumpStarbucks on social media. The graphic was deleted from the association's Facebook page, but is still on Twitter. "Several of those officers asked to leave are veterans who fought for this country. Zero Respect…" the post read. Rossann Williams, Starbucks executive vice president and president of US retail, released a statement late Saturday, saying she had spoken with the police chief. "When those officers entered the store and a customer raised a concern over their presence, they should have been welcomedRead More – Source

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