Starbucks barista fired after labelling police officer's cup 'pig'
She said it was meant to be a joke between her and a co-worker
There has been yet another controversy for Starbucks after a police officer got a coffee cup with ‘pig’ on the label. The coffee company has fired the barista as a result.
The police officer - who didn’t want to share his name - was working on Thanksgiving last Thursday when he went into a Starbucks in Glenpool, Oklahoma. He wanted to grab some drinks for the emergency dispatchers who were working the holiday shift with him.
When he picked up his order, he saw that the word ‘PIG’ had been printed on the cups’ labels.
Police chief Johnny O’Mara wrote a Facebook post (which has now been deleted). He wrote: “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.”
The officer reportedly received a call from the barista, who apologized and said it was meant to be a joke between her and a co-worker.
Starbucks released a statement which read: “This is absolutely unacceptable, and we are deeply sorry to the law enforcement officer who experienced this. We have also apologized directly to him and connected with the Chief of the Kiefer Police Department as well to express our remorse. The Starbucks partner who wrote this offensive word on a cup used poor judgement and is no longer a partner after this violation of company policy.”
But O’Mara has called for Starbucks to reconsider firing the staff member. He told Fox News: “We are hoping that we can take this moment where a mistake was made and turn it into something that highlights the ability to be civil with one another, that’s something that’s missing in a lot of society right now is the ability to just be civil.”